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School Appeals System 05 Mar 2007
Some 200,000 children may miss out on their first choice of secondary school this year and, with only 10 working days to lodge an appeal, some parents are just starting a two week frenzy before the deadline closes. Many parents are now so determined to get their children into the right secondary school that they have turned to new websites set up to help them fight their appeal. But how fair is the system and is it really accessible to all? Martha talks to Caroline Foster, who has experienced two failed appeals, Penny Bysshe Director of the School Guidance Consultancy which helps families with their appeals and Les Lawrence Chair of the Children and Young People Board of the Local Government Association.

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