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Middle class to lose its grip on best state schools

Postby ukantic » Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:52 pm

Middle-class parents would be unable to guarantee their children places at the best state schools by buying houses nearby under admissions rules backed by the Schools Secretary.

The Coalition is planning to allow hundreds of secondary schools to control their own entry policies and Michael Gove warmly praised the system, which allocates places according to academic ability and reserves many places for children with the weakest performance.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/79 ... hools.html
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Postby cathy » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:04 pm

Banded admissions were recommended by the recent Barnardos research into disadvantage in education and I'm told by a colleague that that was how the comprehensive system was supposed to operate when it first replaced grammar schools (which never totally went). It can only work if enforced across an LEA rather than in some piecemeal fashion in the occassional academy. Would hit the tories core supporters pretty hard as well.
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Postby tubataxidriver » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:43 pm

There is no practical way to acheive this without the huge cost of bussing children around from all over an LEA area to each of the schools. Catchment areas by definition will always result in "selection by house price". You cannot prevent people living where they want to, and the local schools will reflect the local population. Social engineering of this nature will never work.
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Postby cathy » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:10 pm

Agreed it simply isn't practical. You also need to consider the fact that the failing schools are unlikely to have physicists, chemists, mathematicians (my friend teaches maths with a sociology degree) and language teachers on the staff (teachers of shortage subjects vote with their feet and work in nice schools) making them even less attractive to your average parent that cares and less able to cope with the brighter end of GCSE and A level work. Plus there's all the people that escape their cathchments using various methods already discussed. And the very large problem of hitting tory voters hard. Proof again that Gove is incapable of joined up thinking.
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