Children in care will have school priority

    A government amendment requiring all schools to give priority to
    places for looked-after children was passed in the Education Bill
    in the House of Lords last week.

    It also requires schools to have local protocols to ensure
    looked-after children are placed quickly.

    An amendment requiring schools to adhere to a statutory admissions
    policy was withdrawn. But the Local Government Association said it
    was needed because foundation schools would have their own
    admissions policies, which could discriminate against disadvantaged
    pupils.

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