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School admissions system failing?

16 April 2015

Today is national offer day for primary schools and we are seeing the usual stories of overcrowded primary schools and the infant class size ceiling of 30 pupils being breached all too frequently. These are the same stories we see every year.

So what’s changing? Well the short answer would appear to be ‘nothing’. Academisation is blamed by some for making the allocation of places more difficult to administer, but that doesn’t really address the issue.

The issue to consider is that the admission and appeals process may not be fit for purpose. As I mentioned in January, the OSA suggestion of paper appeals for reception places is sensible, but piecemeal changes will lead to a patchwork system and what is now required is a completely new approach; a new model that is fit for purpose, reduces the time and costs of appeals and appropriately allocates school places. Perhaps one for the new government to tackle…

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