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Fraudulent school admissions - progress or not?

6 November 2009

Tougher action against the thousands of parents who lie to get their children into popular schools was demanded by the Chief Schools Adjudicator, Ian Craig, in his report on fraudulent or misleading applications to schools. He recommended that parents who are found to have won a place by deception should not have priority over other children if and when they have younger children applying to the school. The inquiry also says that "additional sanctions" are needed, "probably through the courts", suggesting parents could face criminal proceedings.

A survey of 123 authorities found that two-fifths stated that current sanctions are not enough, is it not simply a matter of time before both Ed Balls and Ian Craig are forced to impose tougher penalties for lying parents?

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