So today someone said to me “what do you reckon would happen if twins were born only minutes apart but separated into different year groups” and it really had me questioning what would happen. Imagine one child being born on the 31st August and the other minutes later on the 1st September and then being told they would be in separate years.
When researching this, there have been very few cases in which something like this has happened. In 2008 a story was published by the Daily Mail about two twins who had been born at different times and there was the fear of them being separated, but the council and charities involved, said “Whatever happens would be in the best interest for the twins.” But nothing else was ever said about what happened to the twins.
Twins are raised like best friends, and a lot of parents dress and treat both their children the same.
Kelly White, 30 a mother of twins said: “my girls are in the same classes and they like to do things together in school, as well as at home”
Recent research showed that school policy should not make the decision whether twins should be taught together or separately, but the decision should come down to the parents.
When twins were asked how they would feel if their sibling was placed in a different year at school they said:
Zoe Wood, 25 from Darlington said: “I feel like there would be times when I was really little and then again when I was older (maybe 12 or 13 onwards) where I wouldn’t care that we would be in different classes. But if one of us was taught before the other one I think that’s unfair, especially because we’d end up going to college and uni a year apart!”
Emma wood, 25 said: “If we were in different years I think we probably wouldn’t have grown up so close or so similar, but I think we wouldn’t have minded because we wouldn’t know any different.”
When asked about her thoughts on being taught in different classes, Zoe said: “At primary school we did, but in Branksome we were in different sets in the same year. I feel like if twins are in different classes because of their test scores and their ability to understand better or worse than their twin in certain subjects then that’s fair because everyone else gets that treatment. But if there was a reason they needed to stay together (anxiety or learning difficulties) then that should be no problem too!”
Emma followed by saying: “At secondary school we were mostly in different classes, and were fine with it, I suppose it have us a bit of independence and time from each other. I think twins should get opportunity for both, and maybe give them the choice too. All twins are different, like some prefer being apart, and some hate being apart from each other”
Liam tinkler, 20 from Darlington said: “ “Yeah I would have minded.. it would sort of take away from what it is to be twins to more brothers. I Can’t see twins being forced into separate years.”
“However, I dont believe twins should be taught in the same class, there is nothing wrong with being in the same class, but being separated also helps twins develop on their own and not depend on one another.”
An instagram poll which asked if people thought that twins born within that 24 hours, should be in the same year or not showed that: out of 70 people, 27 said they should have been split.
Let me know your opinion below!