Admissions criteria must be:
* objective, clear, fair, and compatible with equal opportunities legislation;
* where church schools give preference to particular faiths, they must make clear exactly how a family's commitment to a particular religion is verified: for example, whether a letter from a priest is necessary;
* only church schools may interview parents - and only to assess their religious commitment.
Local forums can be set up to co-ordinate admissions.
Independent adjudicators rule on objections, but the adjudicator will pass on objections based on religious criteria to the Secretary of State.
Admission authorities, councils and church and ex-GM school governors can object to another's criteria on any number of grounds, for example an increase in pupil numbers or timing of the 11-plus.
Parents may object on grounds of partial selection according to ability:
* at least 10 parents need to object about the same
element of the arrangements;
* all must have children of
primary age and live within three miles of the school;
* parents do not have the right to object to the principle of selection in grammar schools or for post-16 education, about banding systems, or where specialist schools select on the basis of aptitude.