School admissions ‘discriminate against looked-after children’

Campaigners have claimed that looked-after children’s right to education is being breached after a survey found many schools may not be honouring the admissions code.

The Independent Children’s Home Association (ICHA) has called for the Department for Education to intervene and do more to support admissions after 58 per cent of children’s home providers who responded to a survey said they do not think the Schools Admissions Code for Looked-After Children is being honoured by mainstream schools. The code specifies that looked-after children should be given the highest priority in school admissions, even where there is oversubscription for places, according to the ICHA, which commissioned the poll.

 

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