An independent report from the Academies Commission, issued today, has accused some academies of flouting admission rules to select pupils from more privileged backgrounds in order to boost performance. The self-styled ‘Commission’, supported by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Pearson, and headed by former OFSTED chief, Christine Gilbert (left), carried out a major study and came across numerous cases where academies were accused of finding covert methods to select pupils, although they are supposed to be sticking to strict guidelines.
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