Summer-born children given option to delay their entry to school
Parents with children born in the summer will be given the chance to delay their child’s entry to primary school by a year. Children born between 1st April and 31st August will be given the choice to begin primary education at the age of five rather than four if parents do not feel that they are ready. The proposal was issued by Schools Minister Nick Gibb, who described the current admissions laws as “flawed”. Mr Gibb added that although the number of parents who wish to delay their child’s entry is small, for them “the issue will have serious implications”.
Despite this, a leading teaching union has warned that this proposal will not solve any problems, and one academic has suggested that there is no evidence to prove that exam performances would be boosted for summer-born children. The plan will also mean that children aged four could be being taught in classes with other children who are up to 17 months older, which is a concern to some parents.
Do you think that parents of summer-born children should have the option to delay their child’s entry to primary school by a year?