Summer-born pupils are labelled incorrectly
(6 October 2017)
It is well known that summer-born pupils leave school with lower grades than their peers, but research has now shown that they are also diagnosed by schools with special educational needs at a significantly higher rate than the older children in their year. It is time government took action to address both problems.
In England, the oldest child in a year group is born on or near September 1, and the youngest up to 12 months later, until August 31 the following year.
How old a child is relative to the rest of their year group has been strongly linked to attainment, later-life outcomes, and wider personal development.
To read Professor Gorard’s full article, see Schools Week.