'Championing the rights of children'

Summer-born pupils 'should have exam scores boosted'

Garry Fri 10 May 2013 08:58

Summer-born children should have their exam marks boosted to compensate for being almost a year younger when they sit tests, a report argues.

In England, pupils born in August are less likely to get good GCSEs or go to university than those born in September, the Institute for Fiscal Studies says.

Some may even drop out of school.

The age-adjusted scores should be used to calculate school league table positions, the authors argue.

The report draws on an array of official data, including the National Pupil Database, which contains details of every pupil in England.

Pupils born in August are 6.4 percentage points less likely than September-born pupils to achieve five GCSEs at grades A* to C, the study finds.

Mild special needs
They are also around two percentage points less likely to go to university when they leave school, one percentage point less likely to attend a leading university and one percentage point less likely to complete a degree.

The study also says that summer-born pupils are 5.4 percentage points more likely to be assessed as having mild special educational needs by age 11 and finds that the differences go further than educational attainment alone.

Read more... (BBC News - 10 May)