The School Admissions Code and regulations are now in Parliament. Labour has ‘prayed against’ them by means of an Early Day Motion number 2618. This should mean that these regulations will have to be debated rather than go through without debate.
The Government is making much of the extension of the right to object to the Adjudicator in the new Admissions Code
. But when you look in detail at the Code it is clear that in two important respects this right will be curtailed. You can't complain about a school expanding ( expect to see more selection via this route) and you can't complain about free schools and academies that have been given the right ( in their Funding Agreements) to exempt themselves from compliance with the Code. This makes the original claim that all free schools and academies would have to abide by the Admissions Code seem hollow. Moreover these restrictions did not appear in the consultation on the Code as I have explained in this article
. You can also find more detail about this on the Comprehensive Future website.
We can see from today's performance tables (as Henry Stewart has already pointed out on the site
today) that selective authorities perform poorly when it comes to the performance of disadvantaged pupils or those with low prior attainment. Expanding selective schools, in the way the new Code allows, will only exacerbate that problem and create more segregation.Labour could and should have done more to address the continued use of the 11 plus when in office, but they should supported in taking this stand now. Please contact your MP to support the EDM, you can email via the website www.parliament.uk