Primary school places 2020: Families denied real choice because of ‘haphazard’ approach to admissions, headteachers warn

Many parents will have to hope they “get lucky” under the current system for allocating school places, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) say.

Councils are responsible for ensuring there are enough school places in the area – but critics say their powers to create new schools and direct academies to expand have been curtailed.

New school places are not always being commissioned in the areas of the country where they are most needed as often decisions are being made in isolation, according to the NAHT.