Summer-born pupils disadvantaged throughout primary school – study

Nov 21, 2018 by

Research shows gradual closing of attainment gap – but it never disappears

Sally Weale –

The attainment gap between summer-born babies and their older peers gradually narrows during their early education but remains significant even at the end of primary school, according to detailed new analysis.

The disadvantage of being the youngest in an academic year at primary school has been well documented and remains a serious cause for concern for parents, many of whom choose to delay their child’s school start date.

This new research tracks the academic progress of summer-born babies in detail based on standardised termly tests within schools and shows a gradual closing of the gap with older peers as they progress through primary, but it never disappears.

According to this latest research, in reception year, when the gap is at its widest, four- and five-year-olds born in the summer achieve an average of 7.5 percentage points less in maths tests, compared with children who were not born in the summer.

By year 3, at the ages of seven and eight, the gap has narrowed to 5.5 percentage points; the following year it is 4.6 and then by year 6, the final year of primary school, it stands at 3.6 percentage points.

The findings by SchoolDash, an education data analytics company, are based on 1.5m individual pupil assessments in maths and reading, gathered by teachers between 2015 and 2018 in 2,000 state primary schools in England. All results have been anonymised.

Source: Summer-born pupils disadvantaged throughout primary school – study | Education | The Guardian

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.