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'SCHOOLS SHOULD SELECT BY LOTTERY'

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A leading educationalist, Professor Smithiers, says that schools should introduce a lottery to prevent oversubscrib...
A leading educationalist, Professor Smithiers, says that schools should introduce a lottery to prevent oversubscribed schools operating backdoor social selection, and to prevent 'pushy' middle class parents manipulating admission rules, The Guardian reports (p9).

The paper reports that a school in Ormskirk which has such a system says that it is fine in principle but painful in practice.

Lancashire CC allocates places randomly whenever the school and one other are oversubscribed.
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