Letter: Selection spreads

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From Mr John Burchill

Sir: The claim of the Department for Education and Employment ("Schools left unmoved by selection plan", 4 January) that "there is no question of selection returning to all schools" bears little examination. Once one school in a catchment area begins to select its pupils, all the other schools in the area have the effects of that process imposed upon them. To an extent, their pupils are then selected for them.

Yours faithfully,

John Burchill

Old Coulsdon, Surrey