Gipsy and traveller children get priority at popular state schools

DAILY MAIL, 11Jul09:  Gipsy and traveller children are being given priority admission to popular state schools, it emerged yesterday.  Schools are being told to offer places to such children even if they are full or have a long waiting list.  They must take in the pupils even if travellers ‘are camped on the roadside and may not be here long’, according to Government guidance.  Traveller children can also be registered at two schools at once, with their place at a ‘base’ school kept open for as long as they might need it, even if other children are on a waiting list.

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