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ACC FEARS SELECTION POWERS WILL LEAD TO PARENTAL DISSATISFACTION

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Plans to give schools greater powers to select pupils could lead to parental dissatisfaction as schools choose pupi...
Plans to give schools greater powers to select pupils could lead to parental dissatisfaction as schools choose pupils instead of parents choosing schools, said the Association of County Councils today.

The government is whittling away at the right of parents to express a preference for their children, the association says. The element of choice in out education system will be taken away from parents and handed to schools.

The ACC is concerned that giving schools greater powers to select pupils might lead to 'beauty contest' approach to education that would favour some children at the expense of others, no matter what their ability.

The association wants to ensure that children continue to have the right to go to their local school without fear of being displaced by a school's ability to pick and choose pupils. Chief among its priorities is improving the quality of education for children of all abilities, not just those who are already high achievers.

Mrs Saxon Spence, the ACC's education chair said:

'There is nothing wrong with allowing schools to develop their own character, but we must avoid unfair social selection creeping into the process. Whatever results from the government's consultation paper must be fair to all children. It must not favour one segment of society to the detriment of others. Higher standards in all our schools and better education opportunities for all children must be out aim.'

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