Emma Seith

Is raising school starting age a viable approach?

Is raising school starting age a viable approach?

Two Scottish political parties are locked in a battle over who can make the most headlines out of what are essentially versions of the same pledge: to raise the school starting age. 

The Greens and the Liberal Democrats would both like to see an extended kindergarten or play-based stage before formal schooling starts, and argue that the school starting age should be raised to 7.

Both parties say they looked to Finland for inspiration when settling on a policy that the Lib Dems say would “give every child a flying start”. The Greens say it would go a long way to closing the attainment gap ...

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