How 30% of middle class parents cheat the system to get their children into a good school

Press Association cite Sutton Trust latest research in an article on parent power. 

Going to church, buying a second home or using a relative’s address are some of the tactics used by parents to get their child into a good school, a report has revealed.

Almost a third of professional parents said they know someone who has used ethically dubious means to get their children into a good school.

According to the Sutton Trust’s Parent Power report, published on Thursday, these include techniques such as buying or renting a second home to use that address, or using the address of a relative.

The most common tactics for getting into a good school cited by parents include attending church services 31 per cent in order to get into a religious school, and appealing against admissions decisions 29 per cent

The report draws on a YouGov survey of 1,017 parents of school-age children who were asked how they choose schools, the strategies they undertake to get into those schools, and the extra support they give their children.

Half of the state school parents polled 49 per cent reported having been asked for an extra financial donation to their school in the last year.

One fifth 20 per cent of parents from the highest social group said they know someone who has bought or rented a second home in the catchment area of a good school.

This is compared to just six per cent of those in the lowest social class.

A total of 16 per cent of all parents said they know someone who has used a relative’s address.

Both of these strategies are potentially fraudulent.


Get the full story or read the research.

2018-09-17T10:18:52+01:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: In the News|

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