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SCHOOLS GIVEN MORE FLEXIBILITY TO SELECT ABLE PUPILS

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Schools may be allowed to select 15% of their intake on the basis of ability in five specialist subjects, reported ...
Schools may be allowed to select 15% of their intake on the basis of ability in five specialist subjects, reported the Daily Telegraph (Nov 25, p12).

The department for education and employment is to issue a revised circular on admissions giving schools greater flexibility and encouraging them to increase parental choice.

Since 1993, local authority-run comprehensives have been allowed to select up to 10% of their intake by aptitude or ability in art, music, technology or physical education. Modern languages was subsequently added to the list.

However, grant-maintained schools were not given parallel discretion and needed to publish informal statutory proposals if they wanted to introduce any form of selection.

The draft circular will seek to remove this restriction on opted-out schools and include the idea of raising the permitted selective proportion by half as one of a number of options.
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