We are opposed to proposals in the Education Bill, currently in committee, which will allow admission authorities, either local education authorities or grant-maintained and voluntary school governing bodies, to make a condition of admission to a school that the parent sign a "parental declaration" - a home-school contract.
Parents already have little real choice. Now they could be obliged to sign a contract if their local school is oversubscribed. Since the parent will be obliged to sign the document before the child is even allowed to go to the school the proposal has nothing to do with encouraging home- school partnership, but is, in fact, another form of selection.
We would like to see the Government encouraging parents and schools to work together. These proposals are more likely to create division than partnership and will lead to more litigation.
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