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Determining school places by ballot an 'awful suggestion'

14/04/2010 Kelly
The Campaign for Real Education has slammed the use of a ballot to determine which pupils get places at top comprehensive schools, in news which might be of interest to those in teaching jobs.

Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, described the process as an "awful suggestion", saying that it removes parents' responsibility.

"Your chances of getting into a decent school are the same whether you care about your child's education or not. That is completely wrong," he added.

According to Mr Seaton, the answer to the problem is to set up more grammar schools and to allow more pupils to attend existing ones.

His views came as a new report published by the Sutton Trust suggested that England's leading comprehensive schools are more highly socially segregated compared to grammar schools.

The report, which was entitled Worlds Apart: social variation among schools, said that random allocation is potentially the fairest method when it comes to deciding admissions.

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