Children from disadvantaged backgrounds should be given higher priority in admissions decisions to stop primary schools becoming divided by class, according to education charity the Sutton Trust.
More than 1,000 primary schools in England admit far fewer pupils from poor or disadvantaged families than live in the school’s local area, a report from the trust found, with faith schools especially likely to have lower proportions of children on free school meals than their surrounding neighbourhoods.
I hope this isn't the case in New Zealand. One of the great strengths of our primary schools is the quality of teachers right across this sector and that the vast majority of schools do a fantastic job with who-ever walks through their gates.
The researchers also found a correlation between social selection, league table performance and Ofsted ratings, with the schools that had socially selective intakes more likely to do better in both measures.
Ofsted is the British equivalent of our Education Review Office to some extent. Although the schools themselves may look more impressive results-wise, it is the students who are losing out and ultimately everyone does in the medium to long-term. A strong, healthy society is one where everyone has the same opportunity to do well.