In the context of rising pupil populations, dealing with school admissions and appeals has become increasingly demanding. It is essential that all schools and local authorities are aware of their responsibilities and that their admissions and appeals procedures are compliant.

This Understanding School Admissions and Appeals course prepares you and your organisation to ensure compliance with the ‘School Admissions and Appeal Code’ through a range of sessions providing up to date guidance on admissions and appeals processes, legal requirements and how to manage appeals and complaints.

Through interactive sessions and practical workshops, work towards developing strategies for admissions and effectively handling appeals and complaints.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the current landscape of school admissions and consider the findings of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) Annual Report
  • Develop admissions procedures that are clear and fair
  • Establish legal requirements and responsibilities and ensure that admissions and appeals processes being used are compliant
  • Learn how to effectively and independently manage appeals and complaints
  • Determine how to prepare for admissions and appeals from a local authority perspective
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Understanding the Current Landscape of School Admissions

  • Gain a thorough understanding of any key policy developments for 2018 and how to implement them
  • Consider the findings from the OSA Annual Report
  • Learn how to achieve clear and fair procedures, practices and criteria
10:30 - 11:30

Developing Admissions Procedures

  •  Learn how to develop straightforward, effective and transparent admissions procedures
  • Know when to consult and who to consult with when determining admissions arrangements
  • Consider protocols for potentially vulnerable children, including those previously excluded from school or those who have special education needs or disabilities (SEND)
  • Determine how to prepare for oversubscription, in year admissions and withdrawal of places
  • Evaluate feedback and publish data in order to improve efficiency and enhance accessibility to parents
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 13:00

Successfully Navigating Legal Requirements

  • Establish the legal responsibilities and requirements of local authorities, own admissions authorities and governing bodies
  •  Learn how to ensure compliance with both the Admissions and Appeals Codes
  • Explore practices and policies that may undermine fair admission processes
  • Examine SEND Code of Practice
  • Understand fair access protocol and how to avoid common pitfalls
  • Analyse legislation relevant to admissions decisions
  • Study the different stages of the appeals process for both primary and secondary schools
  • Understand what happens after the appeal is over
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Case Study: How to Prepare for Admissions and Appeals

  • Ensuring consistency in admissions and appeals procedures
  • How schools and local authorities can work in partnership and improve coordination
  • Understand the importance of adapting admissions procedures to serve the interests of those living within the area
15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Develop an Admissions and Appeals Strategy with Chair and Peers

Working with the Chair, delegates will develop an admissions action plan for their organisation and devise a strategy for effectively handling appeals and complaints.