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New admission policies could discourage vital parent involvement in schools

Neale Richmond

Published 11/04/2015 | 02:30

Minister of Education Jan O'Sullivan
Minister of Education Jan O'Sullivan

Reserving just 10pc of places for the children of past pupils will weaken many schools' community spirit.

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In her great reveal, timed to coincide with the teaching unions' conferences, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan has unveiled a largely inoffensive draft School Admissions Bill.

The Bill will allow secondary schools to give preference to a child of a member of school staff; a student living in the catchment area; and someone attending a recognised feeder school. Existing provisions in equality legislation are provided for. Religious schools can give preference to children of a particular faith in preference to others.

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