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School odds stacked against summer babies, says IFS
BBC ^ | November 1st 2011 | Sean Coughlan

Posted on 11/01/2011 3:58:51 AM PDT by Cardhu

Children born in the summer in England are at an academic disadvantage throughout school, says a report from the IFS.

The study says that among seven-year-olds, August-born children are more than three times as likely to be "below average" as September-born children.

August children are also 20% less likely to attend a top university.

The IFS says the economic consequences facing summer babies will last "throughout their working lives".

The report from the independent financial researchers shows the sharp difference in outcomes between the youngest children in a year group - those born in August - and the oldest, born in September.

Less confidence

Researchers say that August-born seven-year-olds are between 2.5 and 3.5 times "more likely to be regarded as below average by their teachers in reading, writing and maths".

They are also 2.5 times more likely to be unhappy at school at the age of seven and at an increased risk of being bullied.

This reflects that these August children can be almost a year younger than their September-born classmates.

This achievement gap has not been closed by the time youngsters are ready to leave secondary schools - with August-born teenagers 20% more likely to be in vocational rather than academic study after school.

They are also 20% less likely to be at a leading Russell Group university compared with a September-born teenager.

These August children are likely to have lower confidence and less likely to feel they "control their own destiny".

This accident of birth can have far-reaching economic significance, says the IFS, as underachievement in qualifications at school will be likely to reduce employment opportunities in adulthood.

"This suggests that August-born children may end up doing worse than September-born children throughout their working lives, simply because of the month in which they were born,"

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education; The Guild
KEYWORDS: august; school; uk
"However it is usual to start school in the September after a child's fourth birthday, which means that August babies would only just have reached the age of four when they enter the reception class."

IFS (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

1 posted on 11/01/2011 3:58:53 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

Malcom Gladwell lays this all out in his book, Outliers - The story of Success.

2 posted on 11/01/2011 4:37:45 AM PDT by retrocon (You can't multiply wealth by dividing it.)
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To: retrocon

Damn! I was born in December - what is my excuse? :)

3 posted on 11/01/2011 4:39:59 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

Most kids are in some form of pre k well before turning 4. I saw a sign the other day pre k for 1 year olds.

4 posted on 11/01/2011 4:51:02 AM PDT by she geek
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To: Cardhu

Having been born in Late August, there is some truth to this.

Aside from the grades, I did just fine in that, I was smaller and got relentlessly bullied because of my smaller size and being a ginger. I will say it builds character though because the sharpest steel is forged in the hottest fires. I certainly learned to defend myself at a young age.

5 posted on 11/01/2011 5:45:23 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: Cardhu
For those interested in early child education, you might want to check out a well known Swedish study... I can't find the direct reference to it right now but it is discussed on this youtube videos (3 parts). The bottom line is that there is zero benefit to cramming much into kids at a young age and parents and educators are far better off if they take a much more relaxed attitude and teach the kids when they are ready.
6 posted on 11/01/2011 5:55:09 AM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: Cardhu

Nah. It’s because they’re Leos. Leos are obnoxious. ;^)

7 posted on 11/01/2011 6:02:47 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Oh come on, you’re not advocating astrology are you? Only a gullible Gemini would believe that nonsense! :)

8 posted on 11/01/2011 8:03:05 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Cardhu

This is kind of stupid. What is the problem here? The parents made a mistake and had sex too late? Seriously.

Don’t put your child into school until you feel he is ready. He could wait a year and be older and more ready. He could wait 2 years and be the most mature in the class. This is a silly subject.

9 posted on 11/01/2011 8:06:15 AM PDT by Yaelle (Donate to Cain today to show the media they can't choose our candidate this time.)
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To: Vanders9

Gullible?? Geminis are the least gullible sign in the world (after Scorpio) because they’re all compulsive liars, and liars never believe anyone else. I mean, that’s what I HEAR, anyway.

10 posted on 11/01/2011 6:15:37 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Cardhu

When I started school in PA, the cut off date was the end of February of the following year, and my school district didn’t offer kindergarten. So, a child could start first grade at 5. I did.

People weren’t yet holding their kids back for added advantage, but they should have.

My oldest daughter’s birthday is at the end of September, just making the cut off date for NJ, where we lived when she started school. We sent her because she could already read, but when we moved to California, she was the youngest one in every class. In California, some of the kids who had been held back by their parents, were two years older than she. It became a real problem in sixth grade when some of the kids started to mature and get involved in more teenage problems like smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol in the girls’ room.

11 posted on 11/02/2011 8:20:49 AM PDT by Eva
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As a September baby, nowadays I would be held back a full year because of the Sept 1st cutoff date in my state of PA. That would mean not graduating HS till almost age nineteen, which is too late IMO.

12 posted on 11/02/2011 7:37:19 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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Well, when I went to school in PA, not only was the cut off date the last day in February, but the maximum class size was 23. I think that could have made it all possible.

13 posted on 11/02/2011 9:00:39 PM PDT by Eva
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