School admissions: is a lottery a fairer system?

School admissions: is a lottery a fairer system?

  The annual secondary school offer day is behind us now. Thousands of parents and pupils across the country will be breathing a huge sigh of relief to have got a place at their first or second choice school for September. Or they may be like Anoushka Visvalingam, in one of a significant minority of families who failed to get any of their preferred options and are waiting anxiously to see if that will change in the next few months. The vexed issue of how to guarantee all parents a…

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