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89% children get school place in Oxford

Nearly 90% of children of children in Oxford have been offered a place at their first choice of school.

This is despite a large increase in the number of applications received by the council - with an extra 209 children attaining first preference places compared with 2013.

Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families Melinda Tilley said: “We are pleased to be able to offer first-preference places to the overwhelming majority of children.

"Oxfordshire has a strong record in this respect and compares favourably with other parts of the country, but like many other areas we are expecting the school age population to continue to rise in the coming years."


Parents find out if children have got first choice school

Parents are finding out today if their children have been given their first choice of primary school.

Thousands of new places have been created to meet a growing demand.

Today is the first national "offer day" when admissions have been coordinated by all 152 local authorities in England at the same time.

An increase in birth rate combined with an influx of migrants in some areas has driven an increase in the number of four and five-year-olds starting school.

There is concern that more children will miss out on their first choice place because of this.

The Department of Education has given local authorities £5 billion to create more primary school places, with a further £2.35 billion made available between 2015 and 2017.

Brighton students walk out of school

A number of Brighton students have walked out of school today in protest against proposed changes to the education system. The action comes after hundreds of schools across Kent, Sussex and Brighton were shut or partially shut yesterday in a strike by teachers over pay, conditions and pensions.

The pupils who walked out say they were taking action over possible changes to the length of the school day and summer holidays.

Round up of today's teacher strikes

For thousands of children it was a welcome extra day off school. For their parents it was a nightmare - with last minute child care, often proving impossible to find.

Today's strike by schoolteachers closed dozens of schools.

Others were badly affected as staff walked out in the long, ongoing dispute over a range of issues including pay and conditions.

This is how our region has been affected:

There were 35 schools closed or partially closed in Buckinghamshire - 96 in Oxfordshire - 36 in Berkshire - 89 in Surrey - 32 in Wiltshire and 64 in Hampshire. Sally Simmonds has more.


School can't guarantee classes, tells parents "bring children anyway"

The parents of pupils at a school in Wokingham were told to bring their children in to school today - because the authorities at Emmbrook Junior School would not be able to tell them in advance whether classes were cancelled.

The school said that because teachers did not have to declare their intentions until the morning of the strike, they would have to send children home if their tutors were absent. Parents at the school gates this morning had mixed reactions to the strike.

The school apologised for any inconvenience caused but said it felt this was the only way it could ensure as many children as possible got to go to classes.

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