Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Summer-Born and the Living Isn't Easy: Letters

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Summer-Born and the Living Isn't Easy: Letters

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Dr Richard House ("Summer-born are stymied from the start", Letters, 17 May) empathises with parents and early years teachers alike over the plight of summer-born babies. Poor wee mites.

Now, we have a summer-born baby in the family, born on 24 August, and we have had to enrol him in an independent school in the UK and insist that he be "held back a year" because we know our child and we know that putting him into the government-ordained class will ensure his failure in the education system before he starts on the journey of life.

I trained as a teacher in New Zealand and for many years taught new entrants in that country: that is to say, children whose fifth birthday falls on the day they start school. That is the only criterion for entrance into the first class at New Zealand schools. They generally stayed in my class for about six weeks and then moved into Year 1. They could stay longer, dependent entirely on their progress. …

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