Posted on 15/04/2016 by David Owen
High-performing primary schools are under-selecting pupils from low-income families, claims education charity
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds should be given higher priority in admissions decisions to stop primary schools becoming divided by class, according to education charity the Sutton Trust.
More than 1,000 primary schools in England admit far fewer pupils from poor or disadvantaged families than live in the school’s local area, a report from the trust found, with faith schools especially likely to have lower proportions of children on free school meals than their surrounding neighbourhoods.
The research comes only days before 600,000 families in England will be told if their child has been offered a place at their preferred primary school when local authorities send out the results of their applications.