logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

formal schooling should start at age six or seven

12 September 2013

A group of educationalists have written a letter to the Daily Telegraph today warning that starting school at the age of four or five, as we do in the UK, causes “profound damage” to children. The group, called the Save Childhood Movement, will launch its Too Much, Too Soon campaign tomorrow and call for play-based schooling for three to seven year olds.

A DfE spokesperson said the ideas are “misguided” and accused the group of bleating “bogus pop-psychology about “self-image”, which is an excuse for not teaching poor children how to add up”.

The education superpower, Finland, is presented as the model where children start formal education at age seven. We couldn’t accuse the Finns of having children who can’t add up so perhaps we should all consider the forthcoming campaign with an open mind.

related opinions

Return of university students for the spring term

The government has issued guidance on how University students will return and resume blended learning after the Christmas break - what does this mean for HE providers?

View blog

Covid-19 student testing and the Christmas travel window

The government has issued its guidance on how University students will be able to travel home safely at Christmas.

View blog

Government guidance on Higher Education - updated

On 30th September, the government updated its guidance to universities on re-opening their buildings and campuses.

View blog

Government guidance on Covid-19 for Higher Education (HE) institutions

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on new measures to tackle Coronavirus, and with students about to start new terms, the government has updated its guidance to universities to make their buildings and campuses as safe as possible.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up