Appeals by parents jump 50 per cent

22nd June 2001 at 01:00
THE number of appeals by parents against the secondary school places allocated to their children has increased by 50 per cent since Labour came to power.

Official statistics show that in 1999-2000, 629,000, or almost one in 10 parents, disputed the decision not to give their child a place at their preferred school. This compares to one in 15 in 1996-97. Appeals against decisions on primary admissions fell by almost 5 per cent over the same period.

Although the number of successful appeals has increase for the fifth year in a row to 14,182, the proportion of successful parents has remained constant. Around three-quarters of disputes are heard by appeals committees and of these nearly a third are successful.

Education Secretary Estelle Morris said: "The rise in the number of appeals is a clear sign that parents are aware of their rights and are exercising them to try to secure a place at their favourite school. And, as the research shows, more parents are achieving the school of their choice."


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now