30 Jun 2020

100 schools adopt cohort entry

From Morning Report, 8:16 am on 30 June 2020

A hundred schools have ditched the Kiwi tradition of children starting school on their fifth birthday in favour of starting them in groups at the start and middle of each school term.

Principals and teachers at the schools say the system known as cohort entry works better for them and for the children.

It has been two years since law changes allowed schools to insist on cohort entry and further changes have this year limited the number of children who can start before they turn five.

Here's RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen.