logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Forgotten your password?

Primary school admissions overhaul-levelling the playing field?

4 November 2011

A 12 week consultation period, fueled by an aim to overhaul the current admissions and appeals code system, has resulted in the publication of a revised code.

The new code includes 2 key changes. Firstly, from Autumn 2014, 16 April will be the day for allocating primary school places and offers will be received at the same time regardless of geographical location. Secondly, greater priority will be given to adopted children who were previously in care, benefiting around 5,000 children each year. The admissions rules will also be amended in order to make it easier for oversubscribed schools to expand.

These amendments aim to raise school standards and close the attainment gap between different economic backgrounds. The revised code may still be amended before final approval on December 1. Subject to this, the Department intends to bring this into force on 1 February 2012. We will follow this outcome and its impact on the education sector as it happens.

Related opinions

Head of Education, Mark Blois celebrates 25 years of being an education lawyer

Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson’s national Head of Education, is marking a notable anniversary, an incredible 25 years as an education lawyer.

View blog

Be wary of events post-dating the presentation of an Employment Tribunal claim

In Sakyi-Opare v Albert Kennedy Trust, the EAT held that an Employment Tribunal erred in deciding a claim was out of time because it did not first consider the claimant’s application to amend her claim, which included events that post-dated her claim.

View blog

A level results: what this means for schools and higher education?

This year’s A Level results have been a resounding success and demonstrate the commitment and resilience of students, schools and school staff during these unprecedented times. However, there will inevitably be some students who are disappointed with the teacher assessed grade.

View blog

Does the move into Step 4 mean the ending of Covid-19 restrictions within schools?

With the Prime Ministers announcement that he intends for Step 4 to begin on 19 July, this will also bring an end to the restrictions currently in place on education settings.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up