Children from poorer homes in England are nearly half as likely to attend an outstanding primary school as richer children, research finds. Only 15% of children from the poorest 30% of families currently go to outstanding primary schools, a study by education charity Teach First suggests. This compares to 27% of children from the richest 30% of families who attend a school rated highly by inspectors. The government says it is making more good school places available. The research is published as parents in England prepare to hear on Tuesday which primary school their child has been allocated.
Thousands of pupils with special needs were not offered secondary school places by the official deadline, solicitors say. In England, such pupils are allocated places, based on assessments of their needs, in a separate admissions system. Information requests by solicitors Simpson Millar revealed 111 councils missed the deadline for 3,812 pupils. Town hall bosses said they had been working hard on the plans and that all pupils would be found suitable places. Local authorities have a legal duty to carry out a transition review and an education, health and care needs assessment for children with a statement of special educational needs, who will be moving into secondary school this September.
Private schools will offer up to 10,000 free places to low-income families every year in England. The Independent Schools Council (ISC) says if the government pays £5,550 per place - the cost in the state system - the schools will cover the rest. This is expected to cost up to £80m. Some pupils would be tested for academic ability, but the scheme would not just target the brightest children. Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw said the plan was not enough.
Poor children are twice as likely as those from richer homes to attend an under-performing secondary school because of'selection by house price', a study has found. It suggests that more than two in ten pupils from the poorest families attend a substandard secondary, compared with one in ten of their richer peers. Social mobility charity Teach First, which compiled the data, said less privileged youngsters are being priced out of top schools as their parents cannot afford to live in the catchment areas. The study is likely to be seen as further evidence to support Theresa May's plans for more grammar schools, which she hopes will stop house prices being a barrier to a good education. The Prime Minister wants a new wave of selective schools to target bright youngsters in poorer communities in an effort to boost social mobility.