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News - 24 July 2014

New proposal for priority school places

 Under a draft admissions code, put forward by the government, children eligible for the pupil premium would have first choice on school places.

 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The pupil premium is extra money given to schools to help improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. In 2014-15 it will be worth an annual £1,300 for primary school pupils and £935 for secondary school students. However, under the latest proposals, published for consultation, all state schools would have the freedom to give priority in admissions to youngsters who attract the funding. Academies and free schools are already able to do this.”
 
The consultation says: "These changes are consistent with the government's social mobility agenda and will allow schools the opportunity to support the least advantaged in society in a practical way."
 
It says there will be no legal requirement for schools to prioritise pupil premium children and that it would be up to them to decide.
 
The proposal says schools would have the freedom to decide whether to prioritise or not. The document also puts forward a proposal to allow primary schools to give priority to pupil premium children who attend a nursery attached to their school.
 
TK continues:
“But this suggestion caused concern among the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nursery sector, which fears children in these settings will be put at an unfair disadvantage.”
 
Chief executive of the Pre-School Alliance Neil Leitch said: "Parents of eligible children, who might have preferred to place their child with a local childminder or at a local PVI group setting, may feel under pressure to instead opt for a school-based nursery to have a better chance of securing a place at that same school later on.”
 
A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said:
"We want to extend this option to all state schools, and also give admission authorities of primary schools the option to prioritise children eligible for the pupil premium, who attend a nursery which is part of the school.”
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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