Right to choose is hard on the poor

Education charity the Sutton Trust has found that the middle classes are colonising top state schools, pushing out poorer children who live nearby. Its research, published last week (R&R, 14 October, p7), found that leading state secondaries are using complex admissions procedures, including aptitude tests, to boost their league table rankings. Needless to say, well-coached middle-class kids score better than their less well-prepared poorer peers.

by Sir Peter Hall, professor of planning at the Bartlett School ofPlanning, University College London; Email: sir.peter.hall@haynet.com

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