Category Archives: CAMPAIGN UPDATES

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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