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Adjudications 'Should Not Be Used for School Selection Policies'

Magazine article Public Finance

Adjudications 'Should Not Be Used for School Selection Policies'

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The chief schools adjudicator has warned local authorities not to use adjudications to force schools to change their admissions criteria.

In his annual report, published on November 1, Philip Hunter said local education authorities should use the alternative legal tools at their disposal if they want to alter the character of a school.

'If a local authority or a group of local schools want, for example, to challenge the existence of grammar schools, they should use the statutory provisions for making a change of that kind, not try to do it though admissions arrangements,' he said.

But Hunter also reminded schools that admissions arrangements needed to be drawn up for the benefit of local parents, not for schools themselves.

He said: 'Adjudicators are still seeing too many cases where arrangements are not clear enough for parents to make a realistic assessment of their chances of getting places, or where schools are accused of selecting by ability or social group. …

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