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New admissions code published

27 May 2011

The Department for Education has today published its new proposed changes to the admissions code and appeals code. The changes would see a much slimmed down version of the codes making the admissions process simpler, fairer and more transparent for parents.

Local authorities will no longer be allowed to use lotteries in order to place children in schools, yet other admissions authorities will be allowed to continue the practice. The proposals also intend to make it easier for popular good schools to take more pupils and plans to end the 30 pupil limit on class sizes in some cases.

Interestingly, the proposals give academies and free schools the right to prioritise places for those children from more disadvantaged backgrounds whose family income is under £16,190. This is undoubtedly an incentive for schools to convert as following the introduction of the pupil premium they are likely to gain financially in comparison to their maintained peers.

The consultation on the proposals is set to close on 19 August 2011.

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