STUDY INVESTIGATES THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL STARTING AGE ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 28 MARCH 2009 A study has suggested that students who start school later are more likely to lack motivation and to have lower academic performance when they reach secondary school. The study of 3,684 secondary school students was undertaken at the University of Sydney and was published in the Journal of Educational Psychology. It claimed that the academic benefits to children of starting school at a later age, which had been identified in previous studies, did not continue into secondary school. Instead, the study argued that student performance on literacy and numeracy benchmark tests and student motivation were higher for children who started Prep when they were between four and a half and five and a half years of age, compared to students who started school later or who were held back a year at school. The researcher, Associate Professor Andrew Martin, argued that ‘school is a much longer haul than the first two or three years. Even though there may be an advantage at the start of school, towards the end, when the stakes are high, there can be some negative effects from being markedly older in your year.’ He also argued that any decision to delay a student’s entry into schooling should be based on formal assessment by an appropriate medical practitioner, ‘and not on the say-so of a neighbour or preschool teacher’.
S H I F T……….. From individual readiness to the social readiness of the school community.
A good start means: High quality teaching Parent programs/ partnership Early intervention Networking allied agencies Linking Early Childhood Education to the Australian Curriculum
Readiness to learn… … is a social and ethical shift from individual readiness to social readiness as a school community
How do we support our ES1 teachers? Reading Review Recommendations Early Childhood Screener AEDI Network feeder preschools Professional readings/ discussions Support adjustments to pedagogy and personalised learning