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School admissions and admissions appeals

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All schools and academies must ensure their admissions arrangements are Code compliant. Given the complexities and vagaries of the Admissions Code and the Admission Appeals code, you may need expert advice to help you.

Getting it wrong can lead to a challenge from the Schools Adjudicator, the local authority or parental complaints to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and, in the worst cases, having to admit significantly more pupils than you had planned.

Our experience and expertise means we provide you with immediate and expert advice on any issue relating to admissions or appeals quickly and effectively.

Our expert admissions lawyers have extensive experience of advising schools on admissions arrangements and supporting them with appeals. Whether you need to change your admission arrangements, respond to the Schools Adjudicator, challenge the local authority on admission requests for looked after children or under the Fair Access Protocol, or simply want support managing appeals on the day, we are here to help you.

What we do...

  • Admissions compliance - advising on changes to admissions arrangements to ensure compliance with the Code.
  • Supporting you through admission appeals - focusing on all aspects of admission appeals including advice and support, drafting your prejudice statement and acting as presenting officer or clerking appeals.
  • Advising schools on Fair Access Protocol and in-year admissions - including local authority requests relating to looked after children.
  • Supporting schools when faced with parental complaints to the EFA.
  • Supporting schools faced with objections to admission arrangements - following the involvement of the Schools Adjudicator.
  • Bespoke training - training panel clerks and appeal panel members.
  • Providing advice on collaboration - to support joint admission appeal arrangements.

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Legal updates

Covid 19 – changes to arrangements for admission appeals and exclusion reviews

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently published further regulations to amend the operation of admission appeals and exclusion reviews given the ongoing concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Legal updates

be connected newsletter for education - September 2021

In this edition we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the sector.

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Legal updates

Information Tribunal supports school’s position to refuse an FOI request for assessment data of other students

Following the awarding of qualifications based on determinations made by staff at examination centres over the past two years during the Coronavirus pandemic, a number of students and their parents have sought to challenge the awards.

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Teacher assessed grades (TAGs) and proposed changes to assessment in 2022

During the summer break, students were issued with their final teacher assessed grades (TAGs) in GCSE, AS, A Level and other qualifications, with the vast majority achieving exceptional grades.

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