MPs are promised action on summer born admissions

17 July 2015

Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, has promised MPs that he will look at the problem of some summer born children missing out on their reception year at school.

The House of Commons Education Committee publishes a letter from the Minister which acknowledges that recent changes to the School Admissions Code have not solved the problem of "contentious cases" in the admission of summer born children.

Chair's comments

Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

"It’s very encouraging to see that the Minister recognises the issues raised by the previous Committee. Parents told us that there is still a problem here, despite previous work on the School Admissions Code which aimed to clear this up. No child should miss out on a year of schooling, and admissions decisions need to be made in the best interests of the child, not administrative neatness."

The Minister’s letter also provides a graph which shows how a child’s month of birth relates to the likelihood of them being diagnosed with Special Educational Needs. 

The Minister’s letter states that "low attainment can be conflated with SEN and this may have, in the past, led to an over-identification of SEN."

Mr Carmichael said:

"The Minister’s additional evidence clearly shows that when you are born affects what happens to you at school. A child is much more likely to be identified as having special educational needs if they are born on 31 August than on 1 September. There are important issues here for the Government to look at."

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