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The Big School Lottery

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Series offering an insight into one of the most important and stressful decisions a family can make – which secondary school to send their child to.

With unprecedented and exclusive access, the series follows Birmingham Education Authority, which is the largest in Europe, as it allocates its school places. And it follows a group of children – and their parents – from across Birmingham as they go through the process and make the move from primary to secondary school.

This is an intimate and revealing account of modern Britain, which brings to the fore a better understanding of the complexity and difficulty of administering a system that has to balance all the choices and find school places for 16,000 children in this year alone.