5 Mar, 2015

‘Delay primary and miss secondary school start’

BBC News | EDUCATION & FAMILY | Hannah Richardson | 4 March 2015

Parents of summer-born children are being told they could miss out on a year of secondary school if they delay their start at primary, MPs have heard.

The Education Committee heard evidence on requests for delayed school starts for reasons of academic maturity.

Michelle Melson, of the Summer Born Campaign, said some head teachers sent work to pre-schools so pupils could skip Reception and start in Year 1.

Ministers say there is no evidence a later school start is beneficial.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb stressed to MPs there was “no statutory barrier to children being admitted outside their age-group”, but he added: “Parents do not have the right to expect this.”