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Delay school entry until six, researchers urge

16 May 2012

Delay school entry until six, researchers urge

By Katherine Sellgren
BBC News education reporter 

Children in England - and the rest of the UK - start school 
earlier than their European peers

Schooling in England should not start until the age of six because having formal lessons too early can put bright children off learning, research claims.

Formal lessons should be delayed at least a year, says Dr Richard House, of the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education at Roehampton University.

Dr House is calling on the government to slow down the "premature adultification" of children.

But the government says each additional month of education is of benefit.

Children in England are expected to be in school by the age of five, earlier than most of their European peers. (...)

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