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school admissions - is change coming?

20 February 2018

A letter from Nick Gibb to all admission authorities in England has been published which explains the government’s intention to make changes to the School Admissions Code 2014 and to expand the highest priority currently given to looked after children in England and previously looked after children. The government plan is to extend this to children who may have been in care outside of England.Whilst it will take some time to update the Code, the letter urged admission authorities to make changes to their arrangements in advance of the formal changes.

The timing of the letter in December did not aid admission authorities in consulting on the DfE’s this year. It will be worthwhile for schools to consider the potential breadth of the provision and how they will seek and assess evidence of a child being in care outside of England to ensure the admission policy is clear and understandable by parents.

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