Of­fi­cial warn­ings about the ad­mis­sions sys­tem

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - INSIGHT -

Chief schools ad­ju­di­ca­tor Shan Scott iden­ti­fied a num­ber of prob­lems with Eng­land’s school ad­mis­sions sys­tem in her first an­nual re­port, pub­lished in Jan­uary: Ad­mis­sions were not be­ing “ad­e­quately” scru­ti­nised in some ar­eas of the coun­try and some coun­cils did not know whether ar­range­ments were law­ful; more than 60 per cent of queries about ad­mis­sion ar­range­ments were raised by just seven coun­cils. Many lo­cal au­thor­i­ties had wide-rang­ing con­cerns about their ca­pac­ity to check that the grow­ing num­ber of acad­e­mies were com­ply­ing with ad­mis­sion rules.

The in­ter­ests of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren need­ing a school place dur­ing an aca­demic year “may not al­ways be fully served”, as some schools “seem to be less will­ing” to ad­mit them. Ad­mis­sion ar­range­ments for some multi-academy trusts (MATS) were not al­ways clearly set out; there was con­cern about MATS nam­ing their pri­maries as feeder schools, even when they were fur­ther away than other schools.

Faith schools that gave pri­or­ity to chil­dren for at­tend­ing a place of wor­ship some­times failed to be clear about how of­ten a per­son at­tended and for how long. In other cases, there were dis­crep­an­cies be­tween what was said in the ar­range­ments and what was stated on the sup­ple­men­tary in­for­ma­tion form.

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