Exam Term For Year 6!

The Autumn Term has started!  The mornings are darker and so are the early evenings. This is Exam Term, especially for Year 6.  I find it quite bizarre that children who will have been in Year 6 for one term only, will be assessed for a place in Year 7.  For years I have challenged the practice, whereby the late Summer-born children compete against those who have been alive, up to eleven months longer, at school transfer age.  Admittedly, we have the luxury of allowing the very young sufficient ‘cooking time’ prior to changing groups. I am absolutely delighted that recent research confirms the developmental differences in children, especially when assessments are not age-weighted, so that the very ‘young for the year’ continue to be disadvantaged.  I wonder when this practice will be a requirement in all schools?