All children will have the option of starting school in the September after their fourth birthday to counter the educational penalty faced by those born in the summer, the schools secretary, Ed Balls, said yesterday as he announced the biggest shakeup of primary education in England in 20 years.
The recommendation is contained in a wide-ranging review of the primary curriculum, published yesterday by the former Ofsted chief, Sir Jim Rose. It says the current curriculum should be scrapped and replaced with a slimmed-down version, designed to give schools more freedom in what they teach. Balls immediately accepted the review's findings and said the new curriculum would be introduced in September 2011.
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