Seven tips for if your child did not get into your first choice primary school

Seven tips for if your child did not get into your first choice primary school

Seven tips for if your child did not get into your first choice primary school

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PARENTS have been receiving the news that their child has been accepted into a primary school.

But what if your child didn't get a place at the school you had really set your heart on? Is there anything you can do?

Here are seven tips from the government:

1. Don't panic.

Consider accepting the school you have been offered. Compare its curriculum, distance from your home and facilities. You have until April 30 this year to decide.

2. Put your child on the waiting list of your first choice school and check back regularly.

3. Find out whether your first choice of school is full (class sizes are limited to 30 pupils for five to seven-year-olds) and consider if you want to appeal.

4. You can still appeal if the admission arrangements haven’t been properly followed, the admission criteria aren’t legal, or the decision to refuse your child a place wasn’t reasonable.

5. If you decide to appeal, collect as much evidence as possible and make sure you are well prepared for the hearing.

6. At the appeal the panel will decide if the admission criteria were properly followed and are legal, and if your reasons for your child to be admitted outweigh the school’s reasons for not admitting another child.

7. A decision will be made in five days.

Visit www.buckscc.gov.uk for information about accepting your child's place online.

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9:29am Fri 18 Apr 14

Bajina says...

More chocolate teapot advise from the Government. First needs no comment: ''Don't panic.
Consider accepting the school you have been offered.'' Stunningly helpful!

Second point. Note all the advise is ''you do this'' and ''you do that''.
More chocolate teapot advise from the Government. First needs no comment: ''Don't panic. Consider accepting the school you have been offered.'' Stunningly helpful! Second point. Note all the advise is ''you do this'' and ''you do that''. Bajina
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1:08am Fri 25 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

I see this is based on 'seven tips from the government' but who WROTE this article?
I see this is based on 'seven tips from the government' but who WROTE this article? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

1:09am Fri 25 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

I wonder how the parents of David Cameron and Boris Johnson coped with this problem.
I wonder how the parents of David Cameron and Boris Johnson coped with this problem. Undercover Euro Yob
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8:32am Fri 25 Apr 14

mistamina says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
I wonder how the parents of David Cameron and Boris Johnson coped with this problem.
Parents David x 2, Nick, Boris do not have a problem. They do not know nor care. ones children and ones rich pals' are chauffeured to private schools, you know. Why would know, why would they care?
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: I wonder how the parents of David Cameron and Boris Johnson coped with this problem.[/p][/quote]Parents David x 2, Nick, Boris do not have a problem. They do not know nor care. ones children and ones rich pals' are chauffeured to private schools, you know. Why would know, why would they care? mistamina
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1:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

mistamina wrote:
Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
I wonder how the parents of David Cameron and Boris Johnson coped with this problem.
Parents David x 2, Nick, Boris do not have a problem. They do not know nor care. ones children and ones rich pals' are chauffeured to private schools, you know. Why would know, why would they care?
Hey - I hadn't thought of that!

Do you think that's the reason they allow local children to go to grammars or secondary moderns - to give the impression we are all 'free' and that they docare really?

It almost gives the impression that education is connected to class and not pure reason and knowledge!
[quote][p][bold]mistamina[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: I wonder how the parents of David Cameron and Boris Johnson coped with this problem.[/p][/quote]Parents David x 2, Nick, Boris do not have a problem. They do not know nor care. ones children and ones rich pals' are chauffeured to private schools, you know. Why would know, why would they care?[/p][/quote]Hey - I hadn't thought of that! Do you think that's the reason they allow local children to go to grammars or secondary moderns - to give the impression we are all 'free' and that they [italic] do[/italic]care really? It almost gives the impression that education is connected to class and not pure reason and knowledge! Undercover Euro Yob
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1:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

mistamina says...

''Education Secretary Michael Gove recently told a Commons education
committee that “rich, thick kids” do better than “poor, clever” children,
even before they start school. ''
From: http://www.thersa.or
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file/0019/367003/RSA
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''Education Secretary Michael Gove recently told a Commons education committee that “rich, thick kids” do better than “poor, clever” children, even before they start school. '' From: http://www.thersa.or g/__data/assets/pdf_ file/0019/367003/RSA -Social-Justice-pape r.pdf mistamina
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3:13pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

We don't have that problem here though - we have a completely meritocratic system of selection - where there are very minor shortcomings Mike Appleyard has said:

‘"We’re already doing a great deal of very good work and the committee’s report focuses our attention on areas where we can make the transition from 'very good' to 'better'?’



(See: http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/educatio
n/news/11108724.Prop
osals_to_close_educa
tional_gap_between_r
ich_and_poor/)
We don't have that problem here though - we have a completely meritocratic system of selection - where there are very minor shortcomings Mike Appleyard has said: [italic] ‘"We’re already doing a great deal of very good work and the committee’s report focuses our attention on areas where we can make the transition from 'very good' to 'better'?’ [/italic] (See: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/educatio n/news/11108724.Prop osals_to_close_educa tional_gap_between_r ich_and_poor/) Undercover Euro Yob
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