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admission applications = more appeals

7 January 2013

The Telegraph reports that the 20 most popular schools are receiving 8 or more applications per school place. Whilst evidencing the well publicised strain on good schools, there is no mention of the inevitable impact on admission appeals. 

For the 2010 entry, 83,470 appeals were lodged against non-admission, 60,010 of which resulted in an appeal hearing before an independent panel.

All that is required to trigger a right of appeal is the refusal of a place. There is no test, no need to prove inequity and no requirement to allege procedural unfairness. With no hurdles to overcome, I expect the majority of these parents to exercise their right of appeal against all schools which refused their application. 

This is likely to result in at least 100,000 appeals for 2013 entry, with a cost of facilitating these appeals running into the tens of millions. Could those funds not be better spent elsewhere within education?

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