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Education White Paper

Asked for a response to the publication of an alternative White Paper on Education, the PMOS said that the first thing was to clarify that the Prime Minister was very ready to have a dialogue with people. We should however have a dialogue on facts rather than rumour. In terms of the code on admissions, the revisions on that started before the General Election and before the White Paper. What we were talking about was a delay from January until the White paper is published. The code wasn’t actually part of the legislation. It was already there. We should also be clear that the White Paper did not suggest changes to the selection process. In fact the only changes that the White Paper would suggest was that the role of the adjudicator was strengthened by allowing the adjudicator’s guidance to run for 3 years rather than 1 year.

Asked why the admission code has been delayed, the PMOS said that it was simply because whenever you carried out a process of consultation for the White Paper, it made sense to synchronize that with the code as well. That did not mean that the code itself was part of the legislation. It was not.

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