HC Deb 09 May 1977 vol 931 c380W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her Department's official definition of banding.

Miss Margaret Jackson

Banding is best defined in the Education Act 1976, Section 2(6)… arrangements for the admission of pupils to schools in, or in any part of, the area of a local education authority…based partly on selection by reference to ability or aptitude…[where]…the purpose of the arrangements is to secure the even distribution between the schools of pupils of different degrees of ability or aptitude".