Thursday 2 July 2009

Parents misled on school placing requests

Many of Scotland's local authorities are being accused of deliberately misleading parents over the legal rights on school placement requests.

The Govan Law Centre in Glasgow said councils were turning down requests on the basis that they would breach guidelines on pupil numbers.

This comes in spite of a test case which established that rules on class sizes are not binding in law.

Councils say it is not within their power to change the situation.

Reducing primary class sizes is a flagship policy of the SNP, which has a target of reducing class numbers in P1 to P3 to a maximum of 18.

But the Scottish Government has now said that it would allow the policy to be applied differently in different areas.

The full story is on the BBC's website here.

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