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Pupils can't get places they want

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vladimir, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

  2. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

  3. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    Just one more example of Westminster's ineptitude.
    Wonder who'll get the blame?
  4. wordsworth

    wordsworth Senior commenter

    teachers of course, did you need to ask?
  5. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    And local authorities. Not that the Daily Wail has a party political agenda, oh no!
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  6. Tigger1962

    Tigger1962 New commenter

    Hasn't this always been the case? I didn't get my first choice of school in 1973 either.

    The difference is that modern politicians lead parents to believe that they actually have a choice - when in reality what is offered is an opportunity to express a preference.
  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    The ludicrous, dogmatic law brought in by the Tories that LAs may not open any new schools - these must only ever be Free schools in future - is already creating problems with regard to school places.
    George_Randle, BelleDuJour and delnon like this.
  8. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I blame the migrants, especially Irish ones - coming over here and taking those school places....

    ps. I agree with @Tigger1962 -- we've done the on-line application for the council and assume that we won't get a place at our top choice (and the second/third). We are leaning towards independent primaries but finding one we like is a bit tricky.

  9. FritzGrade

    FritzGrade Senior commenter

    Too true. 25% of children born in the UK in 2014 had migrant mothers. Dunno about the Irish contribution.
  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I can assure you that @sabrinakat knows a great deal about the Irish contribution! ;)

    She is also no stranger to perpetrating a joke!
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  11. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Government creates illusion of 'choice' in education ... parents believe them [fools!] ... disappointment abounds.
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  12. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    Why, do you suppose, there is so much less choice now than there was before? What could it be?
  13. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

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  14. Grassroots_Out

    Grassroots_Out Occasional commenter

  15. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    All these Russian migrants fleeing the neo-soviet-union.
  16. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I know what you mean,I blame the French.
    delnon, sabrinakat and Flere-Imsaho like this.
  17. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    My son is half Irish/UK citizen (my husband holds dual citizenship) - do you think he might only take half the money to correct his American vocabulary? :eek:
  18. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    When I started school in 1958 children simply went to the LA or religious school that was nearest to their home. Pupils only travelled out of their home area to get to a Grammar school if they passed the 11 Plus.
    Parents now devise a preference list for schools. That means that every school on the list is a chosen one. They presumably omit any school that they would not like their child to go to. When anything is oversubscribed you are going to have disappointed people.

    It seems to me that parents often chose their top placed schools based on out-of date information. The school might have been recommended by someone whose child went there several years before. The parents might use the old league Tables but be ignorant of the help given to weak pupils with coursework etc so that they could scrape an unwarranted C grade. The end of coursework then prevents that 'added value'. Also, staff changes and different pupil intakes can make a huge difference to a school or within a school. I taught for 18 months at one school where they had a dreadful intake (academically speaking and behaviour-wise) in Yr 11 when I joined but knew that the then Yr 9 would give them their best results in recent for years nearly 3 years later.
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