Sunday 18 February 2018

New admission policies could discourage vital parent involvement in schools

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

Neale Richmond

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

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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