Is big really best?

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The Government's decision to allow popular schools to expand to meet parental demand will please parents who have found it difficult to get their children into the schools of their choice. Or, at least, it will please them at first. But will it necessarily work to the advantage of the successful school to get bigger? The answer is no. A successful two-form entry primary school which decides to become three-form entry might find that it starts to go downhill. It - and the parents - could rue the day that ministers embraced the marketplace.

The Government's decision to allow popular schools to expand to meet parental demand will please parents who have found it difficult to get their children into the schools of their choice. Or, at least, it will please them at first. But will it necessarily work to the advantage of the successful school to get bigger? The answer is no. A successful two-form entry primary school which decides to become three-form entry might find that it starts to go downhill. It - and the parents - could rue the day that ministers embraced the marketplace.

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