The analysis, published by Labour MP Harriet Harman, showed a whopping 34 percent of children in the Capital lost out on their first choice place in a two percent rise from 2017. The damning figure is almost double the national average of children missing out on first choice school places, which is 17.9 percent. Ms Harman, who represents the Camberwell and Peckham constituency in south-east London, said: “The Government must ensure the right steps are taken to make every school a good school that parents want to choose. “They cannot continue to cut back on school funding in London and expect schools to be able to continue to improve.
“I have written to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, with a copy of my report to raise parents’ concerns and to propose that Ofsted’s terms of reference are changed so that when they are inspecting a school they look at the views of parents who don’t want to send their child to that local school as well as the view of parents who do have children in the school.
“This would enable Government and councils to act on the concerns of local parents.”
The document also found pupils in the inner city were much less likely to land a place at their preferred school, with 37.3 percent of pupils in inner London boroughs applying to secondary schools missing out on their first choice.
The worst 10 local authorities for children securing a place at their first-preference school are all in London.
Hammersmith and Fulham were the worst performers, followed by the City of London, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Westminster, Wandsworth, Southwark, Merton and Brent.
Meanwhile, a mass protest by parents saw mums and dads across London swap places with their children in a demonstration against the way primary school pupils are tested.
Parents highlighted what they called “absurd questions” in a “pressurised environment” by seeing how they would do in the Big SATs Sit-in.
The tests were set up by an alliance of parents, teachers, heads and education experts who claim SATs place a huge burden on pupils, teachers and parents.
Madeleine Holt, of the More than a Score protest group, told ITV: “Months are spent preparing for SATs at the expense of a varied and interesting curriculum.
“Children must perform under high-pressure conditions and, this year, over a third were told they had failed. It’s the wrong way to prepare for secondary school, or for the modern world.”
Am example test question asked participants to find the four prepositions in the sentence ‘On a mountain bike, you can cycle across rocky ground, along muddy paths and over harsh terrain’.
The test paper is based on May 2018 Year 6 SATs papers.
Published at Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:01:00 +0000