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Schools: Admissions

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the socio-economic profile of those parents appealing to get their children into the school of their choice. (220658)

We commissioned Sheffield Hallam university, in conjunction with NatCen, to map the effectiveness of the admission arrangements in England in 2006, and to assess parents' experience of these arrangements.

The study found no significant association between parents' family characteristics and the likelihood that they would appeal against not getting a school of their choice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many applications for school places were found to have been made on a fraudulent basis in each of the last five years; (220918)

(2) what guidance is given to local authorities on the investigation of allegations of fraudulent activity in school preference applications.

Information on fraudulent applications for school places is not collected centrally and we do not provide guidance to local authorities on investigating such applications.