Category Archives: CAMPAIGN UPDATES

Schools Adjudicator Upholds Objection Against Wakefield Council Summer Born Admissions

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator determination can be read in full here. In brief, the “objection refers specifically to explanatory note 16.9 in the arrangements which says that: • there is an “expectation” that, where parents of summer born … Continue reading

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Summer Born Admissions and A New Normal Post-Coronavirus

Before the COVID-19 crisis, many parents of summer born children had unanswered questions, unresolved battles, ongoing concerns about their children’s education, and worries about their children’s social and emotional well being. With the government’s effective closure of schools and nurseries, … Continue reading

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Sports Initiative Helps Young Players Overcome Birth Month Disadvantage

The Summer Born Campaign was contacted about this initiative in Surrey, and is happy to share it here. With thanks to the Late Birthday Project: Surrey-based sports initiative helping young players overcome the ‘late birthdate’ disadvantage

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What are the “unintended consequences” of CSAge entry?

An exchange between Stephen Hammond MP and Schools Minister Nick Gibb, during a House of Commons debate on Monday, highlighted their shared concern that flexibility for summer born children entering school Reception class at CSAge might have “unintended consequences”.

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DfE Publishes New Data on Summer Born Admissions

The DfE has published a new report this week: “Delayed school admissions for summer born pupils Research report (September 2019)” This follows its 2018 report, which the Summer Born Campaign reviewed here. The 2019 report conclusion confirms an ongoing postcode lottery:

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New NICE Guidance to Include CSAge Summer Born Children

In January this year, I registered the Summer Born Campaign as a Stakeholder for an update of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline: Social and emotional well-being in primary and secondary education of guideline In May, I submitted comments … Continue reading

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School Admissions Code Consultation Launches Autumn 2019

In answer to a DfE written question on July 8th, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, Lord Agnew of Oulton, said “a public consultation… will be launched in the autumn.” It has been almost 4 years since Nick Gibb, … Continue reading

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Mumsnet Summer Born Guest Post

The Summer Born Campaign‘s Rosie Dutton provided an update on her daughter’s progress after starting school at age 5, instead of age 4. In this week’s Guest Post, A later start can be the best thing for many children, Rosie says … Continue reading

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LGO Publishes Guidance on Summer Born Admissions

Following years of complaints from parents of summer born children, the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman has published new ‘Guidance for practitioners‘. Unfortunately, the LGO supports the practice of parents applying one year early, for a school place they do … Continue reading

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BBC report – Summer baby school delays: Parents face postcode lottery

Parents who want to delay their child’s first year of school have varying success rates depending on where they live, a BBC investigation has found. The Summer Born Campaign’s Rosie Dutton is quoted in the BBC’s article: “It has been … Continue reading

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DfE’s New Report on Summer Born Admissions Excludes SEN Benefits

The Summer Born Campaign welcomes the DfE’s Delayed school admissions for summer born pupils report, as it confirms: – the DfE is fully aware of the admissions postcode lottery – the DfE knows children are being forced to miss a year of school … Continue reading

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DfE Stalls on Summer Born Admissions – Again

In recent weeks, parents of summer born children have been receiving correspondence confirming whether or not their child can enter Reception at CSAge without further battle. “‘I’ve got a yes!” “Mine’s a no.” The educational fate of these children is … Continue reading

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Nick Gibb MP Repeats 2015 Admissions Assurances But Parents Awaiting Action

Numerous media outlets are reporting the Schools Minister Nick Gibb’s comments at the British Library this week; e.g. The Telegraph’s Parents of summer born children will be allowed to start school aged five, minister says   Education Editor Camilla Turner reports that he said, … Continue reading

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Still No Word from DfE on Summer Born Children ‘Losing Out’

In the latest issue of ‘Teach Early Years‘, early years campaigner Richard House interviews co-leader of the Summer Born Campaign, Michelle Melson, about why the DfE is dragging its feet over promised changes for summer born children, and the seriously … Continue reading

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Summer Born Campaign’s Michelle Melson Presenting at Education Event in Wales

Michelle Melson, co-leader of the Summer Born Campaign, will be speaking at the latest CPE Learning Exchange (LEX) event: Educational Difference – Flexing and Personalising Education. It takes place on Saturday 4 November 2017 (10am – 4.20pm) in Conwy, Wales and promises a … Continue reading

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Campaign Coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live’s presenter Sam Walker hosted an excellent discussion on the Summer Born Campaign this morning, with guests including Michelle Melson (campaign leader) and Fiona McGuckin (parent of a summer born child). You can listen to it here (at … Continue reading

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Not the First Time? Summer Born Adults Recall Being Made to Miss a Year of School in the 1970s

Anyone else miss out on a year of primary school? A few years ago, I came across the discussion forum above. It describes a chronological reorganisation of children in school, which does not appear to have considered their individual best interests, and includes the … Continue reading

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Campaign Leader To Discuss Educational Change at ‘Learning Exchange’ Event in London

The Summer Born Campaign‘s Michelle Melson has been invited to participate in a special Learning Exchange (LEX) event in London this month, where she will discuss campaigning for change in education.  Re-imagining School is on June 24th and the topic … Continue reading

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Leicestershire County Council’s Financial Settlement Following Summer Born Admissions Fight

In today’s Leicester Mercury, Fiona Dryden describes Stephanie Walsgrove’s fight with Leicestershire County Council to allow her daughter, Amelia, to enter Reception class at CSAge in September 2017: Leicestershire mum wins battle to delay her daughter’s school start. The article refers … Continue reading

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Headteachers Complain of Cuts but Untold Amounts of Time and Money Spent on Summer Born Admissions

On the very same day I read this in the Guardian – Cuts, cuts, cuts. Headteachers tell of school system ‘that could implode’ – a parent in our Summer Born Campaign group described how no fewer than three head teachers … Continue reading

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