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TORY COUNCILLORS THREAT TO SHEPHARD'S SELECTION POLICIES

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Education secretary Gillian Shephard's plan to allow schools to select 15% of their intake may come unstuck, says a...
Education secretary Gillian Shephard's plan to allow schools to select 15% of their intake may come unstuck, says an article in The Economist (p27).

If schools were to use their new powers to admit pupils by ability, then some children living nearby could be turned down in favour of children living further away.

Only last month, reports The Economist, Mrs Shephard had to reject an application from a school in Surrey to select 30% of pupils by ability because Conservative councillors joined forces with parents to protest.

Council leader Michael Gammon says the county's schools already have a problem with children from neighbouring London boroughs taking places.
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