Category Archives: THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION

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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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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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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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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DfE ‘Remains Committed to Summer Born CSAge Reception Class Admission’

This was a Q&A on summer born admissions in Parliament yesterday (Hansard HC Deb, 4 June 2018, cW): Tracy Brabin Shadow Minister (Education) “To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Have Your Say at DfE Meetings This Month

Parents of summer born children: Your chance to tell the Department for Education what you think… LONDON –  Tue 16th August – 11.30 – 13.00 SHEFFIELD –  Wed 17th August – 11.30 -13.30 DARLINGTON –  Tue 23rd August – 12.00 … 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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