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Why do August babies lag behind?

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Children born in the summer are at a substantial academic disadvantage throughout school, says a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The study says that among seven-year-olds, August-born children are more than three times as likely to be "below average" as September-born children.

Claire Crawford, lead author of the research and Matthew Syed, whose book, Bounce, in part explores age bias in sport, discuss the findings.


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