Re­quests to de­lay school start up 84%

Daily Mirror - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of par­ents ask­ing for their sum­mer-born chil­dren to de­lay start­ing school has soared by 84% in a year.

Chil­dren in Eng­land usu­ally start school af­ter they turn four, but par­ents of those born be­tween April and Au­gust can ask to de­lay en­try. A Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion study of 92 coun­cils noted 1,750 re­quests to de­lay until Septem­ber 2017, up from 916 the pre­vi­ous year, with 75% granted.

The re­ports says the rise in­di­cates “par­ents’ awareness of their rights may be in­creas­ing and par­ents with higher in­comes were sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to de­lay”.

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