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Restrictions On Pupil Numbers In Best Performing Schools To Be Abolished

30/03/2011 11:16 | Updated 22 May 2015

The Government looks set to abolish restrictions on pupil numbers in the country's best performing schools.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is drawing up plans to allow primary and secondary schools to do away with size limits set by local councils and take on extra students to meet demand.

Under the plans, the country's best-performing schools will be allowed to accept more students and gain extra funding. Currently, school sizes are set by the local authorities, and extra students can only be taken in exceptional circumstances.

Under the plans, the country's best-performing schools will be allowed to accept more students and gain extra funding. Currently, school sizes are set by the local authorities, and extra students can only be taken in exceptional circumstances.

The proposal forms part of an education White Paper which will be published later this month. Critics of the scheme say that poor-performing schools could see numbers decline sharply and be forced to close.

The paper will also set out simplifications to the complex school admissions procedures to make them easier for parents to understand.

What do you think?

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