Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

08 SEP 2015

MP backs new proposals for summer-born children

Steve Brine highlighted parental choice and control as key reasons for backing moves to allow summer-born children to enter education in reception at the age of 5 in a late-night debate in the House of Commons on Monday 7th September.

The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, whose son William started school that morning, has been interested in the idea for a number of years, and highlighted the fact that parents know what is best for their children over when it is right for them to start school.

The debate came hours before Schools Minister Nick Gibb confirmed the government's intention to give summer-born children the right to start in reception at the age of 5, with admission rules set to be changed so children born between 1st April and 31st August cannot be forced to go straight into year 1 if they wait to start school until they turn 5.

Mr Gibb has written an open letter to encourage schools and local authorities to take immediate action, in advance of the proposed changes, and allow summer-born children to start in reception aged 5 if that is what parents want.

Steve Brine said: "This is good news indeed, and I was delighted to be able to voice my support in the House in the debate even at nearly 1:00am. Time and again local parents have discussed the matter with me, and a parent of two little ones myself I have always been very supportive. Quite rightly, a full consultation will now be carried out and I look forward to seeing this returned before us in the House."

Mr Brine had previously raised this issue in the Parliament, when two local parents approached him with their own concern. The then Schools Minister in the Coalition Government, Liz Truss MP, said at the time: "We are absolutely clear that parents should be able to say to a school, 'We want our child, who is aged five, to enter reception', if they feel that this is in the best interests of their child."

Steve added: "It is good news indeed that we have been able to progress the idea from the last Parliament into what will now become tangible legislation."

 

Your view ...

Let Steve know your thoughts via steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk

Read more from 2013

Back to all posts


Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (27 Feb 2018)
Petitions: Petition on the meningitis B vaccine. 2:15 pm; Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, Department of Health and Social Care Chris Mullin, Chief Economist, Department of Health and Social Care Dr Mary Ramsay, Consultant Epidemiologist and Head of Immunisation, Public Health England

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Influenza: Vaccination (23 Feb 2018)
Steve Brine: NHS England wrote to general practitioners and community pharmacists on 5 February to advise on which vaccines should be ordered for the 2018-19 flu season. This was based on new advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, evidence from Public Health England and the availability of a new adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTiv) for the 2018/19 season. Vaccine suppliers have...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Medical Treatments: Innovation (23 Feb 2018)
Steve Brine: Since the publication of the independent review of the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) the Government has made a number of improvements. Partners have worked together to provide updated guidance on the benefits and entry requirements for EAMS and are developing further guidance on collecting real world data in the scheme to support the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...


Contact Steve Brine in Westminster

Call your MP in his Commons office on 0207 219 7189 or email steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk

Early Day Motions (EDMs)

Steve Brine does not sign EDMs - click here to read why.

Facebook

Sign up to e-newsletter

Sign up for email updates:

First name: *

Last name: *

Email: *

Postcode: *