Former South Yorkshire teacher reveals school admissions tactics in new book

Steve Taylor
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A former South Yorkshire teacher has written a book revealing the strategies used by some headteachers in order to refuse accepting challenging students.

Steve Taylor, aged 60, is calling for a national review of the admissions process after revealing some of the methods he has experienced.

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Sam Jackson

He believes this leads to some secondary schools having an unfair proportion of challenging students which results in low grades and disruptive behaviour.

Steve, who taught at schools in Sheffield and Rotherham, said: “The book reminds us of games that parents play in order to access their preferred choice school.

“Yet for the first time ever it looks at strategies adopted by headteachers and principals in order to refuse challenging students.

“It demolishes the idea of the fair access protocol all local authorities have to have by law to ensure fairness in transfers and admissions.

“This results in ‘sink schools’ having to have an unfair proportion of disruptive students, which results in low grades, disruptive behaviour and worse.”

Steve, of Halifax, in West Yorkshire, said some of the tactics used include persuading families to go to another school, engineering a pupil’s transfer and holding aptitude tests on weekends.

The Scandal of Admissions in Our Secondary System is released later this month.