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Education: Travelling People

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department and its agencies have provided for local authorities on the priority admission of children of Travellers to state schools. (290285)

The School Admissions Code, which came into force on 10 February 2009, provides statutory guidance on the application and allocation of school places for all admission authorities in England.

Local authorities are required to maintain Fair Access Protocols to ensure that access to education is secured quickly for children who have no school place but for whom a place at a mainstream school or alternative provision is appropriate. Children of Travellers, who may have difficulty securing a school place, are covered in the Fair Access Protocols.