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Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary, responding to reports on the Government's new school admissions code today, said:

"Step by step this Tory-led Government is eroding the principle of fair admissions and moving towards a two-tier system. Parents will be worried by this Code, which signals the way for an increase in selection at age 11 and a return to the days of grammars and secondary moderns. This Code will make it easier for some parents - like those setting up free schools - to get the school they want, but by weakening the system overall, it will make it harder for the majority of parents."

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