Interesting article on the school starting age for those of us with summer born children.
Originally posted on London-on-Toast:
Excerpted from the University of Cambridge article “School Starting Age: the Evidence“:
Earlier this month the “Too Much, Too Soon” campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Here, one of the signatories, Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, from the Faculty of Education, explains why children may need more time to develop before their formal education begins in earnest.
In the interests of children’s academic achievements and their emotional well-being, the UK government should take this evidence seriously
- David Whitebread
In England children now start formal schooling, and the formal teaching of literacy and numeracy at the age of four. However, the UK’s Department of Education states clearly that compulsory school age is five. Children born in the summer…
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