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10 August 2021 School Admissions Code 2021 – are you ready for implementation?

On 1 September 2021, the School Admissions Code 2021 (the Code) will come into force and replace the current version from 2014.

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School Admissions Code 2021

The School Admissions Code 2021 was recently published by the Department for Education and, subject to parliamentary approval, will be implemented this September. Catch up on the key changes that will impact the way in which your admissions system will need to operate.

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21 May 2021 School Admissions Code 2021 – what you need to know

The School Admissions Code 2021 (“the Code”) was recently published by the Department for Education (DfE) following a consultation exercise in summer 2020. The Code is currently subject to parliamentary approval, but it will be in force from 1 September 2021.

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1 March 2021 Coronavirus - admission appeal arrangements

The Department for Education (DfE) has published further regulations to amend the operation of admission appeals due to ongoing restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

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Legal update

20 January 2021 Sixth form admissions and over-offering

Following Ofqual’s announcement that GCSE students will be able to take the higher of their Centre Assessed Grades or the standardised grade, sixth forms that made more external offers than they have places have been contacting us about what they can do where they would have many more students in the sixth form than they can accommodate.

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14 January 2021 Department for Education (DfE) guidance on educational provision during lockdown

The government decision on lockdown and the subsequent Department for Education (DfE) guidance vulnerable children and the children of critical workers and actions for schools to take during lockdown.

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26 August 2020 Summer 2020 examination results – Managing student/parental concerns

Following the A-Level and GCSE results being based on centre assessed grades (CAGs) and made available to students, Ofqual updated its guidance on appeals and concerns about malpractice.

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3 August 2020 COVID-19 – Department for Education (DfE) guidance on admissions to selective schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently published updated guidance for schools that have admission arrangements that admit pupils by implementing selective arrangements.

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24 June 2020 Admissions during Covid-19

Whilst the Department for Education (DfE) has implemented statutory changes to elements of the frameworks relating to admission appeals, exclusions and special educational needs, there have been no changes relating to the legislation relating to admissions.

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15 June 2020 Handling complaints

The partial re-opening of schools, as part of the slow relaxation of lockdown measures, does raise the prospect of new and existing complaints requiring attention from both senior leaders and governors or trustees.

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