Reference to summer born children appears in the DfE’s new white paper ‘Educational excellence everywhere‘ (pg.67), which was published on March 17th.
Setting out the government’s plans for the next 5 years, it says:
“4.61. We intend to make a number of changes to make it easier for parents to navigate the admissions system. We will also seek views on making admissions processes clearer and simpler, including proposals to better support parents who want to delay entry of summer-born children so they can start reception at age 5, and clarifying that those children can remain with that cohort as they progress through school. We will streamline functions of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator so objections to admission arrangements are resolved more quickly.”
Most parents of summer born children would argue their children are not ‘delaying‘ entry – but rather starting AT compulsory school age instead of one year ‘early‘.
That said, what matters most is for this option to be become genuinely available for every summer born child, in every part of the country, without adversely affecting their equal standing in the admissions process – and putting an end to the postcode lottery.
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