0370 270 6000

New admissions codes in force from today

1 February 2012

Today, a new, shorter version of the School Admissions and School Admission Appeals Codes comes into force in time for the September 2013 admissions round.

The codes make it easier for good schools to expand by removing the need to consult where schools who act as their own admissions authorities wish to increase their planned admission numbers and allow anyone to raise an objection with the schools adjudicator in a bid to increase local accountability.

The idea behind the new codes was to make them clearer, shorter and more straightforward. They are certainly a little shorter, but inevitably ambiguity and complexly remain. What the codes won't do is reduce the number of appeals faced by schools and Academies. Oversubscribed academies could well be crippled with numerous and time-consuming questions from parents exercising their rights to appeal under the code.

This was the opportunity for the government to reconsider the point and amend the codes accordingly, an opportunity they missed.

Related opinions

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

Allegations of abuse in schools, colleges and universities

The website “Everyone’s Invited” is a movement which is “committed to eradicating rape culture” and describes “rape culture” as “all the ways that different forms of aggressive and violent sexual behaviour are normalised, encouraged and even admired by society”. Find out more.

View blog

Lateral flow daily contact testing paused

Following last week’s Guardian article about the concerns over lateral flow daily testing for those identified as having been a close contact of a person testing positive for Covid-19, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace (NHSTT) have published a position statement to recommend that daily contact testing in schools will be paused.

View blog

Lateral flow testing in schools

Lateral flow testing is underway in schools across England to provide rapid Covid-19 testing of staff and students in secondary schools and colleges.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up