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JOHN BAJINA: Election: ILLUSION THAT OPPOSING SELECTION IS A VOTE LOSER IS SHATTERED.

Successive Bucks politicians have deluded themselves in the belief that selection is a vote loser. So Selection remained a matter politicians competing for the longest barge poles. David Williams (Wycombe Labour Candidate 2015) repeatedly and bravely declared himself strongly Anti-Selection, in High Wycombe (S Bucks). Greens too opposed Selection. Mr Williams increased the vote for labour by 5.20% and Greens 6.00%. LEE www.facebook.com/LocalEqualExcellent, ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by pseudocampaigner: "Thanks Janet, I'm reading them now...."

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Janet Downs: Court overrules adjudicator’s decision about admissions, says Oratory, but decision against ‘Catholic Service’ still stands.

‘I am pleased to announce that we have been successful with the Judicial Review quashing the ruling made by the adjudicator.’ Announcement, London Oratory School, 17 April 2015 In a High Court ruling, Mr Justice Cobb overturned the finding of the School Adjudicator that London Oratory School, an over-subscribed Catholic school, had ‘operated an admissions system which was socially selective, discriminatory, and ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Barry - the Judge said the adjudicator 'endeavoured to fulfil his responsibilities conscientiously for the long-term benefit of the School, the candidates and their parents' (R v OSA, 17 April 2015, para 128), so it might be premature to seek ......"

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Melissa Benn: Ed on Ed: the subtly shifting Labour narrative on schools

In the end, perhaps, it passed with more of a whimper than a bang. Or rather, the bang was elsewhere – with the question of Tory tax evasion, especially as Ed Miliband chose to use the closing passages of his schools speech late last week to follow up on the Fink question. (Fair enough – more tax equals more public ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: "I acknowledge what you are saying here but this wasn't the what TH was referring to and is not part of my response to what TH said. At the risk of repeating myself, the issue I took against was ......"

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Fiona Millar: Shine a light on what selection really means for children

There is a lot around at the moment about grammar schools. The United Kingdom Independence Park, UKIP, wants a return to selection across the country; a rogue group of Tory MPs have started their own campaign to reverse Labour legislation banning new grammars. And there are now two satellite grammar school bids being proposed; one in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and a revival ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by David Barry: "This is getting tedious. Ok if you have a sibling at William Ellis you get preference for entrance at year seven to William Ellis. This includes a sibling in the William Ellis Sixth Form. (Providing they will still be there when ......"

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Melissa Benn: The Bald truth is: it’s selection – stupid!

Below, an important piece, written by Margaret Tulloch, which appears on the Comprehensive Future website this morning and provides a detailed rebuttal of some of the misunderstandings in the current 'let's expand/return to grammars' debate, a debate given fresh and dubious political life by UKIP's ill considered policy in this area. Conservative Home has now joined the fray - following on ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Alan: "You are right Janet, conditions on the Lincolnshire coast have been identified as pernicious in Waiting for a Sea Change (TES 2013). From living in this area I have come to think of resilience as a cognitive process for overcoming ......"

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Jeremy Rodell: Richmond Catholic schools: cynical conversion to Academy status

In 2011-2012, Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign (RISC) fought a battle for fair admissions at a new 150 pupil/year Catholic secondary in Twickenham. The battle ended in the High Court, where RISC and the British Humanist Association obtained a Judicial Review of the local council’s decision to provide a valuable site for the Voluntary Aided (VA) Catholic schools, rather than seeking ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by jonty: "This is in this week's Richmond & Twickenham Times, with local Conservative councillor quoted as saying "The differences between Voluntary Aided and Academy is not that great". Well, that depends on how you look at it. Yes, they ......"

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Janet Downs: Selection, administrative blunders, feeder schools and faith – just some of the ways in which schools flout the Admission Code

How do schools dodge the Admission Code? A look at School Adjudicator rulings since 26 June reveals gives the answer. SELECTION Selection of pupils is allowed in grammar schools and on grounds of aptitude (up to 10%) in specialist schools. But sometimes schools go too far. Camden School for Girls, a Voluntary-Aided (VA) school, was censured for auditioning pupils ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Mark: "Really? Head teachers are often as corrupt as you can get. Head teachers such as Peter Kent of Lawrence Sheriff School now head of the grammar schools deliberately refused to abide by the Admissions Code. They unlawfully withdrew a place, ......"

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N Skipper: Tutor Proof ?

Interesting R4 programme (on i-player, broadcast 5th May). read more and comment →

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Janet Downs: “It might be best if you looked elsewhere”: the Children’s Commissioner describes the ways schools can deter pupils they don’t want.

“It might be best if you looked elsewhere”. That’s what one school told a parent of a child with special needs (SEN), said the Children’s Commissioner*. The Children’s Commissioner heard evidence of how schools deter SEN children and said parents of SEN pupils had been put off from applying for a school place because of “negative messages”. It wasn’t ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Roger - LAs are in a good position to monitor schools' admission policies. LAs co-ordinate admissions to most of their schools. They do so in accordance with each school's admission policy or the LA policy in the case ......"

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Janet Downs: I washed the vicar’s surplice for years, but my son still didn’t get a school place. It’s so unfair.

My husband and I spent years planning ahead. Even before our nuptials we decided to marry in a parish church somewhere. We chose one in the catchment area of a Voluntary Aided CofE primary school (it had to be VA, they control their own admissions – unlike Voluntary Controlled schools which have to accept anyone) and bought a ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by agov: "More to the point is why you mentioned her. You say she has no connection to the school (unless you have missed out something that I was supposed to guess). According to you she is achieving little because ......"

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