NEU NI has collaborated for over a decade with Parents Out Loud, a group of parent activists, who have worked tirelessly to drive change for children who should be able to defer Preschool or Primary 1.

These children are often Young For Year (born between April-June), are premature, or looked after children and may not be ready for school. At present the system is incredibly difficult for families, however after an overwhelmingly positive response to its consultation the Department of Education is preparing to amend its current law with the option to defer.

The video below demonstrates the issue from the perspective of a parent, an educator and support organisation-Tiny Life. We encourage you to share and tag your local MLA’s to ensure this legislation passes in the current mandate.