Children In Care Repeatedly Rejected By Academies As Admissions ‘Scandal’ Grows

According to Huffington Post, children in care are increasingly being turned away by academies, a freedom of information investigation has revealed.

Ministers have been asked to intervene 72 times over the last three years to use their power to force academies to accept looked after children, with some schools repeatedly blocking enrolment.

While local authorities can force a council-run school to accept children, academies have power over their admissions policy. However, education secretary Gavin Williamson can overrule them.

Sam Turner, from the charity for children in care and young care leavers Become, described the news as “deeply concerning” and said some youngsters may miss a term or face long journeys to reach an alternative school.

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