Eleanor Busby

Government ‘directionless’ on admissions as system drifts

Everyone agrees that a fix for school admissions is sorely needed, but the way forward is elusive

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School-admission campaigners and experts breathed a collective sigh of relief when a long-sought-after pledge to review England’s overstretched system featured in the Conservatives’ general election manifesto.

For years, they have been calling on the government to look again at the increasingly fragmented and complex school admissions system. But since the election, there has been silence on the subject. And those in favour of change are becoming concerned that ministers could yet shy away from a debate over what is always a divisive issue.

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