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charity recommends fair-banding and independent scrutiny of admissions

27 August 2010

Barnardo’s has reported that fair-banding and independent admission authorities are necessary to avoid social segregation in the school admissions process.

Fair-banding involves pupils taking a standard test, after which they are divided into 5 bands. Schools then admit pupils in equal proportions from each ability band. Barnardo’s also recommend that decisions on admissions should be made by a body independent of the school.

Michael Gove acknowledges that the schools admission system is unsatisfactory. However, a move towards independent admissions authorities may come as a blow to new academies who, as part of their promised autonomy, currently make their own admissions decisions.

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