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School admissions and accountability: Planning, choice or chance?

Mike Feintuck and Roz Stephens


The processes for allocating places at secondary schools in England are perennially controversial. Providing integrated coverage of the policy, practice and outcomes from 1944 to 2012, this book addresses the issues relevant to school admissions arising from three different approaches adopted in this period: planning via local authorities; parental choice of school via quasi-market mechanisms; and random allocation. Each approach is assessed on its own terms, but constitutional and legal analysis is also utilised to reflect on the extent to which each meets expectations and values associated w ... More

Keywords: school admissions, accountability, planning, parental choice, quasi-markets, random allocation, Special Educational Needs, constitution, democracy, law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781447306238
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Feintuck, author

Roz Stephens, author