30/07/2010 06:30 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Are Summer Babies Destined For Academic Failure?

Experts at the Higher Education Policy Institute have found that babies born in the summer months are less likely to play truant from school, and more likely to be better behaved - but their birth month could cause problems with their academic development and potential bullying.
A report suggests the attainment gap between children whose birthdays fall just after the start of the academic year in September and those born during the summer holidays is already apparent by the age of five, and despite lessening as children progress through school, it fails to fully close.

The research also showed that at GCSE level, 10,000 teenagers fail to score five good grades simply because they are the youngest in the academic year.

Last year, Labour revealed plans to provide every child in England with a school place in the September after their fourth birthday, but experts have disagreed over whether younger children should start school with their September-born classmates, or be held back a whole school year.

What do you think?
Do summer born children struggle academically?
Do you wish your summer baby could delay starting school?