Category Archives: CAMPAIGN UPDATES

MP Requests Update on Cost Assessment – Campaign Suggests Useful Links

Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Minister of State for School Standards has made on assessing the potential costs of changing the Schools Admissions Code to provide more flexibility for … Continue reading

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Stress Spikes as Deadline for Admissions Application Approaches

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 … Continue reading

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Education Professionals Support Summer Born Campaign

Head of Drama and English teacher at an Independent Preparatory School, Joanna Britland (Kingston) There is a long standing obsession with keeping children taught in chronological age groups without looking at what is best for individual children. This needs to change. … Continue reading

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Headteacher Suggests Pregnancy Plan to Solve Summer Born Problem

In 2013, the Good Schools Guide advised parents to avoid getting pregnant between July and November, and this week headteacher Steve Woodhouse has given summer born pregnancy advice too. Mr. Woodhouse emphasises how he has only very recently learned just how educationally disadvantaged summer born children … Continue reading

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Early Years Expert Supports the Summer Born Campaign

After reading this guest blog by Mine Conkbayir, author of ‘Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues’ and early years lecturer, researcher and NEYTCO training coordinator, I contacted Mine and asked her what she thinks about the issues so many summer born children are … Continue reading

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Admissions Authorities with Automatic Summer Born Admission to Reception Class at CSAge

Here is a list of some of the councils and schools that now allow summer born children the automatic right to enter Reception class at CSAge – without any costly, combative and time-consuming requirements for parents to provide arbitrary reasons and evidence. … Continue reading

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LGO Finds Fault with Lancashire County Council’s Summer Born Admissions Process

The Local Government Ombudsman has upheld a complaint against Lancashire County Council, which was made by a parent member of the Summer Born Campaign. In summary, the LGO concluded: “There was fault in the way the Council considered Mrs X’s request for delayed … Continue reading

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DfE Disappoints and Digresses – Again

Despite the valiant efforts by MPs who fully support the Summer Born Campaign (thank you @S_Hammond, @JimShannonMP and @timloughton), Nick Gibb MP delivered a disappointing (and for many parents, devastating) response to their questions about when the DfE’s promised new Code consultation will … Continue reading

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Due Date Demands Add Unnecessary Administration to Summer Born Admissions

The Summer Born Campaign has said this before and will say it again – if ALL summer born children are given the AUTOMATIC RIGHT to enter Reception class at CSAge, this will include those children born prematurely in the months of … Continue reading

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Summer Born Adjournment Debate in Parliament Tonight

Thank you to Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon, who has arranged an adjournment debate tonight on the subject of the School Admissions Code for summer born children and children born prematurely. Mr. Hammond says he “will be raising the postcode lottery … Continue reading

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Why does the Education Secretary’s Definition of ‘Summer Born’ Differ..?

On September 14, the issue of summer born children was raised by Michelle Donelan MP during an Education Committee public evidence session, as part of its inquiry into the responsibilities of the Education Secretary. In response, Ms Justine Greening referred to summer born children as those born … Continue reading

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Summer Born Smiles Starting School Age 5

This is just a selection of #summerborn children from our ever growing campaign group who very happily started school in Reception class this month – at compulsory school age. They are the lucky ones, who have won the postcode lottery (school … Continue reading

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Summer Born School Start is Parents’ Decision

It’s YOUR decision WHEN your child starts school (or alternative education). CSAge is CSAge. End of. You don’t need to be telling admission authorities why your child is ‘not ready’ for school at age four. That is irrelevant. This is … Continue reading

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Important News: Lord Nash now Responsible for Admissions in DfE Ministerial Update

Following Theresa May becoming Prime Minister, the DfE has announced its final ministerial team, and moved responsibility for admissions to Lord Nash. In February 2016, Lord Nash wrote this in answer to a Parliamentary question on admissions, which the Summer Born Campaign agrees … Continue reading

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Campaign Update and MP Support

One month ago, on July 6, Michelle Melson wrote to the Chair of the Education Committee, while I wrote to the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, and the DfE, to ask a number of questions related to the long delay in announcing the promised School Admissions Code … Continue reading

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Nick Gibb to Remain Schools Minister

Good news for the Summer Born Campaign. It’s been confirmed today that Nick Gibb will retain his position as Minister of State for Schools in Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet shuffle. You can read more in the TES and Schools Week reports.

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Minister’s Letter Highlights Again the Importance of Legal Semantics

In September 2015, when the Schools Minister Nick Gibb published an open letter urging admission authorities to allow entry to Reception class at CASge for summer born children, I highlighted the importance of the next School Admissions Code ensuring its legal wording is absolutely … Continue reading

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‘Immediate Action’ Irony Given DfE Delay

Ten months ago (a significant amount of time in a child’s life, and a whole primary school admissions cycle that left hopeful parents once more distraught and disheartened), the Schools Minister Nick Gibb published an open letter announcing the DfE’s proposed changes to summer born admission … Continue reading

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Summer Born Parents Can Complete New University Survey

Professor Dieter Wolke, at the University of Warwick, is conducting a new survey in which he asks for parents’ “opinions on delaying your child’s school entry for a year.” For those of us with summer born children who want our children to … Continue reading

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Postal Delay for Parents of Summer Born Children

While most parents in England found out today which primary school has offered their child a place, for parents of some summer born children, like Leo in Surrey, they won’t find out until the postman arrives with a letter tomorrow (or later in … Continue reading

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