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Faith Schools

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department issues on selection in single faith schools. (96197)

Guidance on school admissions for all maintained schools, including schools with a religious character, is contained in the school admissions code of practice published in 2003 as required under section 84 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Section 38 of the Education and Inspections Bill 2006 amends section 84 of the 1998 Act to enable the Secretary of State to issue a new school admissions code that relevant bodies will have to ‘act in accordance’ with. We are currently consulting on the draft school admissions code which, subject to parliamentary approval, will supersede the existing code of practice coming into force in February 2007.