Category Archives: EDUCATION COMMITTEE EVIDENCE

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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Prematurity Is Not The (only) Point – Legislation Covers All Summer Born Children

Summer Born is Summer Born is Summer Born If a child is born between April 1 and August 31, they do not reach compulsory school age until the term following their 5th birthday. And if a child is born prematurely during … Continue reading

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Summer Born Solution is Simple: Change the Code to Stop ‘Contentious Cases’

The Summer Born Campaign‘s Rosie Dutton has been interviewed on ITV’s Good Morning Britain as part of wide media coverage following today’s press release from the Education Committee: ‘MPs are promised action on summer born admissions‘. Rosie says, “There needs to be a change … Continue reading

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Many Ministers have Talked the Talk – Could Nick Gibb Actually Walk the Walk?

The House of Commons Education Committee has today published ‘MPs are promised action on summer born admissions‘ alongside a letter from Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, wrote to its Chair, Neil Carmichael, earlier this month. The letter acknowledges that recent changes … Continue reading

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Education Minister Nick Gibb to Review Summer Born Issue at ‘Earliest Opportunity’

This month, one of the Summer Born Campaign leaders, Michelle Melson, had the privilege of meeting with the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, following her submission of oral evidence on Summer Born Children at the Education Select Committee meeting in March. … Continue reading

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DfE Promised Flexibility but Look what it Chose to Change in the Code

DfE Ministers (very likely because they have limited detailed knowledge of what DfE officials are actually doing behind the scenes – though this is no excuse) keep stating publicly that “the key thing is flexibility“; we want to “empower parents” and we “will … Continue reading

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Institute of Education Researcher Supports Flexibility But Not Current Process

Tammy Campbell, researcher at the University of London’s Institute of Education, and one of the witnesses at the recent Education Committee Evidence Check, is quoted in Nel Staveley’s April 20 article, “8 reasons why summer babies face an uphill battle at school and in … Continue reading

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