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Hospital row

A row has broken out over an opt-out decision taken by a hospital school.

Leicester Royal Infirmary's school teaches child patients, and give out-reach tuition to children across the county. Now teaching unions and local authorities say parents and teachers have not been consulted about opt-out, and are starting a campaign to make the school think again.

Opt-outs usually have to be agreed by a ballot of parents, but this does not apply to hospital schools, who have no fixed register of pupils. The final decision lies with the Education and Employment Secretary.

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