The Telegraph is reporting that a plan to allow summer-born children to start school a year later has been held up by worries it will give unfair advantages to parents to win places at popular schools.
The Government last year said it would changed the rules to allow children born between April 1 and August 31 to start primary school a year later. This was to stop these so-called summer born children from feeling left behind in class because they are not as emotionally mature or developed as their peers.
However, the changes have been delayed because of worries that parents might try to play the system to gain an “unfair advantage” by applying for places at popular schools for summer born babies in two school years.
Schools minister Nick Gibb told MPs in Parliamentary debate said it was important parents were not effectively given two chances to get their child into a school of their choice.
However he said: “I understand that it is frustrating, but it is important that we take the time to consider carefully how best to implement the change, and how the new arrangements will be put in place.
“We will support summer children in the best way we can, but it is important that we also consider the wider impact of any policy changes.”
He said: “We need to ensure that parents do not use the flexibilities as a mechanism by which to gain an unfair advantage in the admissions system by applying for a place in the reception class of their preferred school for when their child is four, and again for when their child is five.”
Do you agree that there need to be precautions taken so parents do not abuse the system to get their child into their preferred school? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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