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Unlocking the gates: Giving disadvantaged children a fairer deal in school admissions

Author : Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit (2010)

Price : Free

This report, tackles the issue of fair admissions to secondary schools in England.

It draws on academic research and the experience of Barnardo¿s Choice Advisers, to explore the ways in which our education system fails to provide a ¿level playing field¿ for children born into disadvantage. There has been much interest across the political divide in narrowing the achievement gap in education. However, school admissions have not been given prominence in this debate, despite the evidence that secondary schools in England are socially segregated and that social segregation drags down the achievement of disadvantaged children.

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Policy and research documents, Education


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