NEU, along with the ‘Parents Outloud’ lobby group, the Early Years organisation, Tiny-Life and a range of other organisations and individual parents have pressed the Minister of Education to broadly adopt the Scottish system of school deferral.

Norther Ireland has the youngest school starting age in Europe and a measure of deferral is known to be a Ministerial legislative priority before the Stormont political mandate expires in May 2022.

The School Starting Age Flexibility campaign, started back in 2014 by NEU with Parents Outloud, has produced an updated briefing..

Northern Ireland
School starting age flexibility - Why the NI Executive Needs to Act - FINAL May 2021

School start flexibility is an example of exactly the kind of common sense, ‘win win’ policy which the Northern Ireland Executive should be delivering for families.