Schools Advice

Bright pupils should start school at six

School pupils in England should start school later claims new research from Roehampton University’s Research Centre for Therapeutic Education.

It highlighted eight decades of research in the US that suggested that a child’s intellectual development benefited from being slowed down in the early years. This avoided early “adultification” that often hit the future life prospects of brighter children from more affluent families.

Most children start school in the September after they turn four – the Reception class. This is earlier than many European countries. Finland, often held up as an example of quality education provision, starts children at seven.

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