The TES reports that almost nine out of ten students have received their first choice primary school in England today, provisional analysis suggests.
The proportion of children gaining a place at their first choice primary school has risen slightly, a sample of councils suggests. Some 88.4 per cent of students in England received their top pick on National Offer Day, according to a provisional analysis of 82 local authorities – including 32 London boroughs – by the Press Association.
However, when the 32 London boroughs are removed from the sample result, the percentage of pupils in England getting their first choice rose to 91.1 per cent, up by 2.9 percent.
A Department for Education spokesman said the government was “making more good school places available so thousands more families have the choice of a good local school”.
He added: “We have already set out plans to make more good school places available – including scrapping the ban on new grammar school places…”
The sample represents just over half of all local authorities in England, with examples from different parts of the UK.
Councillor Richard Watts, chairman of the Local Government Association’s children and young people board, added: “Over recent years councils have created an extra 600,000 primary places. Every child should have a fair chance of getting into their parents’ preferred school and councils and schools work extremely hard to try and ensure that as many pupils as possible are allocated their first preference.”
With 1 in 4 pupils not getting into their first choice school in some areas, how are local authorities going to cope with a further 295,000 new pupils expected to enroll by 2020? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter ~ Tamsin
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