Upstart Sampler

The case for raising the school starting age and providing what the under-sevens really need

Sue Palmer

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  • From the high profile author of Toxic Childhood
  • Publishing in conjunction with Sue Palmer's hard-hitting media campaign which features press and radio interviews, social media activity and a dedicated Upstart website
  • A passionate call to action from an expert in her field

Chapter 1 of the book in which Sue Palmer puts forward a passionate case for Britain adopting a proper 'kindergarten' stage that recognises what under-sevens really need.

Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health; Steiner-Waldorf Education
48 pages
Publication date:
09 Nov 2015


Why does Britain and its former colonies send children to school as young as four and five, when in eighty-eight per cent of the world the starting age is six or seven?

Sue Palmer, author of bestselling Toxic Childhood, uncovers the truth: it's not because of what's best for children, but historical accident and economics.

This free sampler includes the first chapter from the book, which puts forward a passionate case for Britain adopting a proper 'kindergarten' stage that recognises what under-sevens really need.

With clarity, ease and vigour, Palmer describes a different way of doing early years education that would have huge benefits both for individual children, and for our nation.


Sue Palmer, a former headteacher in Scotland, has written more than 250 books, TV programmes and software on primary education and literacy. She has been an independent consultant to many organisations including the UK Department for Education and Skills, the National Literacy Trust and the BBC. She is the author of the bestselling and highly influential Toxic Childhood.

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