The UK's education minister Nicky Morgan has announced changes to the country's primary school admission process, with parents set to get a greater say in which school their children attend.
Ms Morgan stated: "As part of our mission to deliver educational excellence everywhere, we want every child to have the opportunity to go to a good local school by making it easier for parents to have a say in their local school's admission process."
At the moment, there are a variety of factors that play a part in which school a child is eligible to attend, such as their postcode and whether or not they have a sibling already at a particular establishment.
Now, the Department for Education has simplified the school admissions code to make it easier for parents to understand in a bid to increase their chances of getting their child into their preferred school.
Ms Morgan has revealed that objections to a school or council's admissions policies can no longer be contested by parents or other parties from outside of the local area, giving parents living close by to a school a better chance of getting their children a place there.
In addition, parents and other community members are set to be given more of a say in local school admissions, with councils now being required to consult on their admissions policies every four years, instead of the usual seven.
Last year, 95 per cent of parents successfully got their child into one of their top three school choices, meaning there is still some work to do before all parents are able to do the same.
Ms Morgan added that the government has plans to create 500 new schools across the UK in the near future, which will increase the number of opportunities available to teaching staff, alongside ensuring there are enough school places for every child.
She said this move would "significantly broaden the choice available to local parents and improve the supply of good quality places".
Posted by Alan Douglas