Parliamentary Secretary Chris Waterman claims central government has done nothing to stop the 'social selection' of school pupils.
His comments come on the day parents up and down the country receive their childrens' acceptance or rejection notices for their first choice of primary school. The current system has been widely condemned for "encouraging parents to tell lies" to get their children accepted, often to academies or faith schools, who are more selective.
"They've weakened the admissions system [for state schools]," Waterman, a former Executive Director of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "They've made it easier for people to fill the system and have done nothing to stop schools who socially select."
Waterman, who is the secretary for the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Teaching Profession, criticised the government for "fragmenting the system."
"They [the government] know where the children are," he added. "It's their responsibility to properly plan nationally, but every single academy is its own admissions authority. They can have slightly different criteria from the school next door."