Low-income families should be given assurances that they can afford to send their children to certain schools, according to the draft admissions code.
The code, which has been circulated to MPs on the committee scrutinising the Education and Inspections Bill, says governors must put in place arrangements to ensure that parents on low incomes can afford uniforms and school trips that cost more than the average.
It also says it is illegal for schools to use interviews to decide whether to offer children places. And it states that governors must make it clear that a child’s admission is not related to voluntary contributions by their parents to school funds.
The code is expected to come into force in 2007.