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Faith schools: Admissions

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th March 2016.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of religious selection on the availability of school places and the number of parents who are unable to get their children into their local school.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Faith schools form an important part of our diverse education system and provide places for the children of parents who wish their children to be educated within a religious context.

Local authorities (LAs) are responsible for providing sufficient school places, as set out under section 14(1) of the 1996 Education Act. LAs organise their place planning on the basis of circumstances specific to their authority. LAs that have faith schools are expected to take into account any impact on local place planning as part of their strategy to provide sufficient school places.

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