28th September 2001 at 01:00
The Government is tackling the thorny subject of admissions. The Department for Education and Skills intends to remove anomalies and end the chaos caused by multiple admissions authorities.

Admissions forums, introduced last year to provide advice for local education authorities, will become compulsory. And parents will be able to apply to any school in an area with a single form.

Crucially, parents will no longer be able to hold on to several offers and the "standard number" - the legal minimum quota of pupils a school can admit to a year group - will be abolished. At present, it often bears no relation to a school's capacity.

Reforms will target schools who deny entry to post-16 education to their own Year 11 students - and "primary entry lists", where parents put their child's name down for a place a long tome in advance. Responses to the consultation are due by November 7. See the DFES website for details:*ltations.

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