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Doubling in school place complaints; ADMISSIONS.

COMPLAINTS about the awarding of school places more than doubled in the past year following abuses of the admissions code.

Over half of state schools - 3,600 - broke the code aimed at giving all children an equal chance of their preferred one, the annual report of the Schools Adjudicator revealed yesterday.

And 800 illegally asked about parents' occupations - which the Government fears could discriminate against poorer children.

There were 369 objections against 173 in 2007, with the watchdog settling 289 cases compared to 117.

Schools Secretary Ed Balls will study the findings after chief adjudicator Sir Philip Hunter cited "evidence of widespread and serious departures".
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2008
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