Category Archives: THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION

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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‘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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DfE Promises ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ (Stop Postcode Lottery?)

Reference to summer born children appears in the DfE’s new white paper ‘Educational excellence everywhere‘ (pg.67), which was published on March 17th. Setting out the government’s plans for the next 5 years, it says: “4.61. We intend to make a number of … Continue reading

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