Category Archives: THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION

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. Advertisements

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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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No News is No News

In September 2015, Schools Minister Nick Gibb published an open letter asking for “immediate action” by councils and academies to “admit summer-born children to reception class at the age of 5, if their parents want this [and] make sure the children can … Continue reading

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DfE Confirms ‘New Year’ Code Consultation

In response to a written question from Wimbledon Conservative MP Stephen Hammond, the Schools Minister Nick Gibb has confirmed that, “Work is now underway to assess what other changes it might be appropriate to make to the Admissions Code. We … Continue reading

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Could London be the Litmus Test for Admissions Reaction to DfE’s Decision?

We know the Schools Minister Nick Gibb has today told all admission authorities in England, “We are going to make changes to admission rules – but we want councils and academies to take immediate action.” But while one member of the … Continue reading

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