How will school waiting lists ban change admissions policies?

A ban on waiting lists and limits on places for children of past pupils could make admissions fairer

Sadhbh Kurawaska and her two-year-old son Oisín. She says her conversations with parents suggest Dublin is the most oversubscribed area. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sadhbh Kurawaska and her two-year-old son Oisín. She says her conversations with parents suggest Dublin is the most oversubscribed area. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

On the way to their first pregnancy scan, the parents stop by the local school. Places are scarce, and they’re here to put the name of their future child down on a waiting list.

Actually, this is an apocryphal tale and usually told as a joke – schools require a name and a date of birth to enrol a child or put them on a waiting list – but it’s nonetheless one that rings true for many parents.

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