(DAILYMAIL) — Children born in August do significantly worse in exams than classmates born 11 months earlier at the beginning of the academic year, a landmark study shows.

August-born boys are 12 per cent less likely than September-born boys to get good GCSEs and girls are 9 percent less likely.

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 percent less likely to go to an elite university.

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