Schools: Admissions

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th February 2016.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress she has made on amending the School Admissions Code to ensure that summer born children can (a) be admitted to reception at the age of five if this is in line with their parents' wishes and (b) remain with that cohort as they progress through their education.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Subject to parliamentary approval, the Department for Education has decided to amend the School Admissions Code to support summer born children who are not ready to start school at the usual age. This will delay entry to reception year until they are five years old and enables those children to remain with that cohort as they progress through school. We want to make these changes as soon as possible; however, we are taking this opportunity to consider what other changes it would be appropriate to make to the Code at the same time. We will be conducting a full public consultation in due course.

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