Children should not start primary school until they are six or seven-years-old, according to a coalition of education experts who warn of the damaging pressure to perform in class at a young age.
Under the UK’s current system, children start full-time schooling at the age of four or five.
Experts say this is causing ‘profound damage’ in a generation which is not encouraged to learn through play.
But the call was last night dismissed by as ‘misguided’ by a spokesman for the Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Children in the UK are obliged by law to be in school aged five, which the lobby group said is creating a ‘too much, too soon’ culture.
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