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Admission appeals - conducting hearings during COVID-19

27 April 2020

This webinar took place on 24th April 2020 and is now available on-demand.

Traditionally, the summer term is the busiest period for school admission appeals. Despite the current coronavirus outbreak, 2020 (and 2021) is expected to be no different. However, strict social distancing measures mean that all admission authorities must adapt their processes to ensure that families who submit an appeal are not disadvantaged and are able to have their appeal heard by an independent panel in a fair and transparent manner.

In this webinar education legal experts Richard Freeth and Dai Durbridge:

  • Highlight key elements of the School Admission Appeals Code 2012 and review the latest regulations and guidance from the Department for Education.
  • Outline the process and main options for conducting appeals remotely.
  • Set out how you can ensure hearings conducted remotely or on paper are fair and effective.
  • Explain how we can help you prepare school staff, admission appeal clerks and panel members for the new processes.

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Our speakers

Dai-Durbridge

Dai Durbridge

Partner

Dai Durbridge specialises in advising schools, academies and other education providers on all pastoral matters, including admissions, exclusions, managing allegations against staff and all safeguarding matters, with a specific interest in vetting and barring. He is a recognised expert and delivers a variety of training and workshops on all pastoral matters.

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Richard Freeth

Richard Freeth

Partner

Richard Freeth specialises in advice to schools and local authorities on the full range of issues including special educational needs, disability discrimination, admissions, exclusions, appeals, reorganisations, governance and academy conversions.

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