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Schools: Admissions

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many head teachers, school governors and members of academy trusts were disciplined for breaches of the Admissions Code in the most recent period for which figures are available. (197651)

From a recent examination of the admission arrangements of schools in three local authority areas, we found evidence to suggest a significant minority appeared to contain aspects that did not comply with the relevant statutory requirements. We have written to the admission authorities concerned (either the local authority or school governing body) to verify our findings and will present detailed information to Parliament in due course.

To ensure admission arrangements fully comply with the law for 2009, I have written to all admission authorities across the country to remind them of their statutory duties and we are taking measures to further strengthen the admissions system. As announced in the Secretary of State’s written statements of 11 and 17 March, we have launched a consultation to increase the period within which objections against unfair or unlawful arrangements are referred to the Schools Adjudicator for investigation and are introducing amendments to the Education and Skills Bill to improve the process by which admission arrangements are consulted on.