Responding to the release of data on secondary and primary school applications and offers, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT says: “we’ve seen the proportion of parents getting their children into a school of their choice broadly remain static compared to last year, but wide regional variations are clear. The massive increase in pupil numbers over the next few years will make this even harder.
“The government should look carefully at the regional variations in first preference rates, for both secondary and primary schools. National figures do not reflect the reality of many communities.
“Under the government’s education plans, local authorities will have the responsibility for ensuring adequate school places, but will have no real powers or funding to do so. It must look again at these plans.”
Page Published: 14/06/2016