Soaring numbers will miss out on first school choices in the state sector today
1st March 2019
Record numbers of children will today be left without their first-choice secondary school for September, experts predict.
About 115,000 children, particularly in large cities, will not be offered a place at their preferred school, according to The Good Schools Guide. It says a population bulge filtering through to secondary schools is making itself felt, and the most popular schools are vastly oversubscribed.
Analysis of government data by the guide estimates that record numbers of families will be left disappointed.
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Michael Gove: I’d like to make sending children to private school seem eccentric
Michael Gove today revealed that he wanted to make it an “eccentric choice” for parents to send their children to private schools.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, he said the state sector should be improved until most do not even consider going private.
“I would have hoped we would have been able to make sending your children to a private school, as it is in Europe, an increasingly eccentric choice,” said the Environment Secretary, who led a series of controversial reforms while Education Secretary.
Asked if he wanted to end the independent sector by stealth, Mr Gove said: “Well, yes.”
In a sign that the minister has lost none of his zeal for social reform, he recalled writing a provocative article proposing to reform the tax perks of the independent sector.
Asked if that was the same as Labour’s current policy, he admitted: “Exactly, that’s why I hesitated because I think the Labour policy is wrong, of course. But there are ways in which independent schools are proving that they can do more to help the state sector, and that’s a good thing.”