Category Archives: MEDIA COVERAGE

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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Solutions to Summer Born SEN Discussed in Schools Week Article

In a Schools Week article this weekend, Stephen Gorard, professor of public policy at Durham University, says we must Stop labelling summer-born pupils as SEN! He makes some excellent points, but on the subject of “age-standardisation of all results”, we disagree. … Continue reading

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BBC Radio 4’s Whodunnit? Investigates Summer Born Issue

The Summer Born Campaign‘s Michelle Melson is interviewed in episode 4 of a new BBC Radio 4 five-part series asking, Whodunnit?, The Calendar Conspiracy Presenter: Michael Blastland Producer: Katherine Godfrey A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4 “Children born in summer … 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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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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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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Irony as Lancashire Issues Most Fines For Children Missing School

This week (October 19), the Lancashire Evening Post reported that ‘Lancashire tops chart for issuing fines to parents if kids miss school’. The irony of this is not lost on parents of summer born children, many of whom are fighting for their children’s access … Continue reading

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