With many of the 7,200 members in the Summer Born Campaign group busy preparing admissions applications for primary school places this week, the shocking postcode lottery and differences in admissions authorities’ positions is more stark and stressful than than ever.
Copious letters, emails and telephone calls to many schools and councils as parents fight threats of Year 1 entry and a missed Reception class – or Reception entry with a school year to be skipped later on – with many others allowing a straightforward process of applying in the year of compulsory school age entry (see this article on Hertfordshire’s simple guideline for parents of summer born children).
It’s incredible that another year has passed without the DfE taking appropriate action – again – and so it continues that for summer born children in England, it used to be When You’re Born Matters But now WHERE YOU LIVE Matters More.
Please read the comments below to understand what parents are facing, and the attitudes that are preventing decisions being made in a child’s best interests.
- Written by author and journalist Pauline Hull