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Cohort Entry for New Entrant Children

By September 16, 2019 No Comments

The Knights Stream Board of Trustees have changed the enrolment policy for new entrant children.

From 1 January 2019, changes made to the Education Act 1989 (through the Education Amendment Act 2019) take effect so that:

  • children will be able to start school in cohorts but only after they have turned 5
  • there will be 2 entry points per term, one on the first day of term, and one at a mid-point during a term.

Only children over 5 will be able to start school on the first day of term, or at a mid-point during a term.

Cohort entry is about helping children to settle better in school. There’s evidence that starting school alongside other children helps children build relationships and supports a smoother entry to school life.

Schools that are already using cohort entry believe it offers their kids the best start to their school life. It can also mean less disruption for new entrant teachers who can prepare for groups of children arriving on a specific date rather than on an individual and ad hoc basis through the year.

More information about this and the benefits can be found here.

Kind regards

The Knights Stream Board of Trustees.

By Mike Molloy