Decisions regarding in which year group to place a child are very important. As a general rule, it is recommended that children are placed in the chronological year group which reflects their age and supported to engage with the learning within that placement.

All decisions around deceleration should be made with great care and with the understanding of all concerned parties of the possible impact of deceleration, which may differ in the UK from what happens in other countries.

County Council guidance on the placement of children out of their chronological year group


EMTAS has produced more detailed guidance for schools on the impact of deceleration on learners of EAL

EMTAS guidance on deceleration for learners of English as an Additional Language

Further resources

Information for parents about decelerated admission into Year R