Janet Downs: Free schools and academies can, but might not. LA maintained schools can’t, but might want to. More muddle from the DfE over prioritising pupils eligible for free school meals.
“Free Schools and Academies will be able to prioritise pupils from the poorest backgrounds, ensuring they have more opportunities to benefit from innovative approaches to teaching.” So trumpets Schools Minister, Nick Gibb. But Mr Gibb is being a little economical with the truth. According to the new Schools Admission Code says, “Free Schools and Academies may, where their Funding Agreements permit, ... read more and comment →
Latest comment by Melissa Benn: "Very interesting indeed Janet. And quite dastardly on the part of the government to, yet again, disallow maintained schools from doing something that appears marvellous - and that works so well in relation to the selective press release - but ......"Comment + Debate