Delaying admissions for summer born children - info from DfE

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Hello, I know this topic comes up periodically - I've been trawling the Department for Education websites for something tedious to do with work but came across this:

DfE Myths and Facts

specifically on page 6;

Myth: Where the parent of a summer born child wishes to defer their entry to school until they reach compulsory school age, they must be admitted to Year 1 rather than Reception.

Fact: Schools must provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday, but parents may defer their entry until the point at which they reach compulsory age - the start of the term following their fifth birthday. This means that summer born children reach compulsory school age a full school year after the point at which they could first be admitted. However, there is no requirement as to the year group they should be admitted to. The headteacher and admission authority can decide whether to admit them to Reception or Year 1 depending on the circumstances of the case.

I thought I'd post it as it differs from my understanding of the situation, largely based on discussions on here.

lljkk Tue 09-Apr-13 14:20:55

Spanish friends say that nursery is legally obliged from 3yo; they hated the system and thought it was loony.

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