A delay in starting school for summer-born or premature children may be linked with poor academic performance later on.
Some experts believe delayed school entry benefits summer-born or premature children . However, a study has found that children who missed a year of learning often did worse in tests at the age of eight.
Judith Burns, Education reporter, BBC News:
The research team, led by scientists at Warwick University, analysed the records of children born in the German state of Bavaria in 1985 and 1986. They studied 999 children, of whom 472 were born before their due dates. The researchers looked at teachers’ assessments of the children’s achievements in their first year of school and compared these with results of standardised maths, reading, writing and attention tests when the children were eight.
“Our study shows that delaying school entry has no effect on year-one teacher ratings of academic performance, but it is associated with poorer performance in age-standardised tests of reading, writing, mathematics and attention as the children get older,” said Prof Dieter Wolke, of the psychology department and Warwick Medical School.