Magazine article Public Finance

Primary Schools 'Trying to Put off Poorer Pupils'

Magazine article Public Finance

Primary Schools 'Trying to Put off Poorer Pupils'

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Primary schools are using covert selection methods to weed out the most disadvantaged pupils, according to the director of the Confederation of Education and Children's Services Managers.

In his report published this week, Chris Waterman claims that some primaries are resorting to underhand tactics to ensure that the parents of poorer - and therefore potentially more troublesome - children are discouraged from applying for a place.

Waterman said that some schools recommend parents buy pupils' uniforms from more expensive retailers or stress to poorer families the contributions they would be expected to make towards school funds, residential visits and music lessons.

'Add these elements together, which some schools seem unashamedly to do, and it is all too apparent that education that is "free" at the point of delivery can mean "quite expensive" at the point of delivery,' Waterman writes. …

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