In England, as in a number of other developed countries children from more affluent families tend to be educated separately from those less affluent. In England the historic division is between the maintained and private sectors, but state maintained schools of all types also differ markedly in terms of the social and economic status of their intake. This social segregation of English schools is due to unevenness in social background of the parents. This Department for Education research investigates whether changes to the School Admissions Code in 2003 and 2007, concerning school admission arrangements, appear to have had direct effects on the published admissions policies and the social composition of particular schools.
Leadership Briefing 5.05 (53)