Introduction

1. The 2017 AGM passed a resolution on school starting age as follows:

“This AGM resolve that the EIS should investigate and report on the effect of an increase in the statutory age for starting primary school to age 7 and the development of a compulsory kindergarten stage, where there is a focus on social skills and learning through play.”

2. During the debate on this resolution at the AGM the mover noted that in most countries, children start formal education later than children in Scotland, and that the starting age of five “dates back to 1870, and isn’t based on educational reality”.

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