On February 11, 2016 the Schools Minister Nick Gibb responded to another MP who asked for an update on the Code consultation, but there was still no news:
Jonathan Lord, Conservative MP, Woking:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress she has made on amending the School Admissions Code to ensure that summer born children can (a) be admitted to reception at the age of five if this is in line with their parents’ wishes and (b) remain with that cohort as they progress through their education.
Nick Gibb, The Minister for Schools:
Subject to parliamentary approval, the Department for Education has decided to amend the School Admissions Code to support summer born children who are not ready to start school at the usual age. This will delay entry to reception year until they are five years old and enables those children to remain with that cohort as they progress through school. We want to make these changes as soon as possible; however, we are taking this opportunity to consider what other changes it would be appropriate to make to the Code at the same time. We will be conducting a full public consultation in due course.
They Work For You Schools: Admissions – Department for Education written question – answered on 11th February 2016. Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 11 February 2016, cW)
I have no doubt that the code will pass consultation and appreciate that it is the ideal opportunity to look at the code in its entirety. However, as it’s obvious now that most admissions authorities decided to ignore his open letter asking them to take immediate action, Nick Gibb needs to now follow this up and address them all again as parents are still having a very stressful time of it. Outrageous decisions are being made and unlawful reasons given by authorities who seem unable to embrace anything vaguely different to what they are used to. It absolutely has to be made easier for parents right now, they can’t just keep waiting and wrong decisions made for the children because of it- these children due to start don’t have time to wait.