If your child is due to start school from September 2016, the procedures will be based on the School Admissions Code 2014 You can also read our delay factsheet which accompanies this code and has lots of information on how to apply and the practicalities of doing so.
For the first time the code tells authorities that they should take into account whether the child has any emotional or social delays, the views of medical professionals and whether the child would have fallen into a different year group had they been born full-term. Authorities must make decisions based on each individual application and must take into account the best interests of the child.
Schools are also not allowed to have a policy forbidding parents from making these requests.
New Guidance on the Admission of Summer Borns was also released in December 2014. This guidance clearly explains how children develop according to when they should have been born. It also outlines the different ways that children who were born premature may be developmentally delayed, especially if they have fallen into the 'wrong' year group.
The guidance stresses and reiterates that decisions should be made in a child’s best interests. This should be emphasised in your application to strengthen it.
In order to make your application as strong and effective as possible, putting together a pack of evidence is recommended. This pack should include a cover letter from yourself and the guidance and statements from healthcare and educational professionals who have been involved in the care of your child. You can find out more information on how to apply for a delayed school entry date and what to include in your application pack here