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policy was withdrawn.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

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