The BBC is reporting that vulnerable children can struggle to find a school place if they apply mid-year, with some schools “cherry-picking” pupils, according to the chief schools adjudicator for England.
Some schools “unlawfully” interviewed children before deciding on in-year places, said Shan Scott in a report.
Others made background checks on would-be pupils, said Ms Scott, who became chief adjudicator in April.
The government said the report would help ensure fairer school admissions.
Delays to in-year admissions were a matter of concern, said Ms Scott, in her first annual report on the admissions system in England.
In particular, there were safeguarding concerns about children in vulnerable families who could not quickly find school places, said the report.
“Parents may be at a loss to know where or how they should apply for an in-year place.”
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