Are summer-born children at risk of mental illness?

The National Foundation for Education Research’s latest findings on summer-born children are directly relevant to criticisms of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The research shows that children born late in the school year are more likely to be referred to a psychiatrist or assessed as having Special Education Needs. This could be due to younger children experiencing failure or stress or comparing themselves unfavourably to their older classmates.

There’s a discussion on Woman’s Hour about this today. On the way to school I meet many parents with summer-born children like ours so I’m not the only one who will be tuning in. See ‘Woman’s Hour’ at 10.a.m. (If you miss this slot, follow the link and listen again from the archive) see this link:

(With Kim Catcheside and Education Psychologist Kairen Cullen). Would be interested to hear reader comments on this discussion. Do use the ‘comment’ box below.

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