August-born boys are 12 per cent less likely than September-born boys to get good GCSEs and girls are nine per cent less likely.Oh dear, am I alone in feeling that perhaps this an effect desperately seeking out a cause?
In addition, August-born youngsters are 20 per cent more likely to ditch academic study and learn a trade from the age of 16. They are 20 per cent less likely to go to an elite university.
And it is not just their education that suffers as they are more likely to be bullied at primary school and have lower confidence in their academic ability.
As a result as teenagers, they are also more inclined to smoke, binge drink and take cannabis and fewer are in control of their lives.
Lord knows how this sort of thing works for those kids who, by virtue of things like "rising fives" find themselves in the year above the year they should be in in school. They're probably on the scrapheap right? Well, except for say a certain lady I know who is a research scientist at Cancer Research and has appeared on the Today programme, but was always the "youngest in the year".