In September 2015, Schools Minister Nick Gibb published an open letter asking for “immediate action” by councils and academies to “admit summer-born children to reception class at the age of 5, if their parents want this [and] make sure the children can stay in this year group as they progress through school” and in November 2015, the DfE advised that the Code consultation would take place “in the New Year“.
However, with just hours to go before the January 15 deadline for this year’s primary school application round, there is still no confirmation as to when this will be.I spoke to and wrote to the DfE press office at the start of December 2015 asking for an update, and have continued to chase since, but as yet there has been no response.
Given the chaos and inconsistency that remains in play throughout England’s schools and local authorities, ‘When will the Code consultation happen?‘ is one of the most commonly asked questions by parents in our Facebook group.
Desperate for news of a possible end to this postcode lottery, emotions are mixed – the elation of parents whose children have been told ‘yes‘ – their child can enter Reception class at CSAge, and the devastation of parents told ‘no‘ – their child must start school early at age 4 or else lose their first critical year of education…
…and for some, lose any chance of gaining a place in their preferred schools altogether.
- Written by author and journalist Pauline Hull