Educating Children and Young People Out of Year

Cheshire East has a small number of pupils who are placed and taught out of their chronological age group. The issue of placement of pupils out of chronological age group is often raised on entry to statutory education or phase transfer, particularly where the demands of the next phase are considered to be too great for the child or young person. It is recommended that these discussions take place the year prior to transfer for example during Y5 prior to transfer to KS3. 

For those schools where Cheshire East Council is the admissions authority there is a protocol for Educating Children Out of Year (PDF, 228KB) . This protocol takes account of the Department for Education non statutory guidance for summer born children and details the required process should parents wish to take up this option.

The school makes and takes the decision whether to educate the pupil in an older age group or in a younger age group. The decision must be based on  individual circumstances and in consultation with the parent(s).

For decisions made in Key Stage 1 age range schools must have regard to the law in relation to infant class size regulations

For schools where the local authority is not the admission authority parents will need to contact the school(s) direct to receive information on their policy in relation to educating children out of their year group.

Contact us



0300 123 5012

Fax 01270 686491

School Admissions, Floor 2
c/o Municipal Buildings
Earle Street
Crewe
Cheshire
CW1 2BJ

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