With a new term due to begin at schools nationwide next month, you might be interested to learn of a story we came across on the BBC that suggests that children born in the summer months (August particularly) tend to be less successful in their studies than their older counterparts.
The published study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) looked at the test scores and happiness levels of a number of English children born in August compared to those in September. August-born kids were found to have scored considerably lower on the key academic areas (English, maths and science) as well as on cognitive skills. This was especially true around the age of seven.
The report goes on to say that August-born children were 20% more likely to continue their studies in vocational training and 20% less likely to complete a university degree than their September-born peers.
The attributed reason for this is a simple one – the kids born in September have an age advantage as they are the oldest in the class. Whether this phenomenon can affect a child’s confidence and self-esteem is another matter, as the article goes on to discuss (read more here).