Consultation on Deferring School Starting Age

Consultation opened on 09 November 2021. Closing date 04 January 2022.


This consultation relates to the age a child should start statutory education in Year One of primary school. It seeks views on proposals to introduce flexibility in school starting age for the youngest children in the year group born between 1 April and 1 July. It also seeks views on how the proposal will impact the pre-school provision for deferred children. These views will help to inform policy development on this issue in due course.

A full copy of the consultation document and other related documents including an online response form are provided below.


Consultation description

The consultation period will run from 9 November 2021 until 4 January 2022. Please note that responses received after the deadline may not be considered.

The Department is keen to hear your views and would encourage filling out the online survey here but you can also download a questionnaire booklet above.

This questionnaire can be completed online until 5pm on 4 January 2022.


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