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Write to your MP about the Government’s move to ban civil society groups from objecting to school admission arrangements
We’re encouraging people to write to their MPs about the UK Government’s recent move to ban civil society organisations like the BHA from raising concerns about English schools’ admission arrangements.
We’ve suggested some text you can use below, but please do edit it to make it more personal – we know that MPs are more likely to take notice of personalised emails and queries, and many of you may either know your MP well or have experienced the problems that parents face in the school admissions system for yourselves.
Here are some suggestions for how you could do so:
If you are a parent, carer, or grandparent… then please emphasise this fact and any personal experience you have had of the admissions system, and how the ban will only make it harder for parents to navigate.
If you are a teacher or governor… then please emphasise this fact and your own experience of dealing with admissions at your school, and the complexity involved.
If you are a local councillor or are involved in schools in your area… please emphasise this and provide your particular insight into how the system operates.
If you are a pupil… then talk about the importance to you that you have a diverse range of friends and classmates.
There is no need to address your email with 'Dear...' as our system automatically addresses it to your MP.
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Feel free to use this box to add to the email text below
I am writing to you as your constituent to express my concern at the UK Government’s recent announcement that it plans to ban civil society organisations from formally raising concerns about the admissions arrangements of English schools. The Department for Education has misleadingly claimed that the change will mean ‘parents get a greater say in the school admissions process’, but I think it is clear that the reverse will be the case. As you are no doubt aware, the Admissions Code is extremely complex, and a degree of expertise is required both to identify breaches in a school’s admission arrangements and to lodge accurate objections to those breaches. It is difficult for the average parent to have the time to acquire such expertise, or to see the objection process through, and a great many parents therefore rely on charities and civil society organisations to lodge objections on their behalf. Whether made intentionally or inadvertently, breaches of the Code directly impact on the access of parents and children to their local schools, and to simply rely on parents to identify them is not sufficient. Objections made by organisations under the Code have revealed widespread, endemic illegality in the school admissions system. This includes direct discrimination on the basis of race and gender, selection on the basis of whether or not parents arrange flowers or help clean at church, and even, in one school, policing whether or not a child’s parents are having sex when their mothers are menstruating. All of this would have gone unnoticed had organisations not been able to object, and parents right across England would continue to be unfairly denied places for their children at local schools. Please make representations on my behalf to Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan, urging her to reconsider this proposal before a consultation on the wider School Admissions Code is launched. Parents and children will be the only ones to lose out should this ban be introduced, and it is therefore vital that the proposals do not go ahead.
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