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Pupils repeating a year

We occasionally receive requests from members about how to address pupils repeating a year. This short advice paper identifies the key points.

Whose idea is it?

The proposal for a pupil to repeat a year can originate from the school or be a parental request. If the former applies, it cannot be implemented without parental consent.

Where does the decision lie?

The decision lies with the Governing Body. However, this should be informed by the advice of the head teacher. Although the basis of the decision is educational, underpinned by the best interests of the child, the decision for a child to repeat a year will have wide, strategic implications.

What does research tell us?

The Education Endowment Foundation has published a digest of research about pupils repeating a year. The broad conclusion is that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. However, this does not preclude the need to evaluate each case on its merits.

The EEF document is located at: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence/teaching-learning-toolkit/repeating-a-year/

Structuring advice to governors
The ‘Ashton checklist’ is a useful framework for providing the Governing Body with advice. It can be found on page 4 of the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/media/5110673/children_out_of_year_document.pdf

Page Published: 21/03/2016