Overview

26 Apr, 20229:30 am-3:15 pm
Online
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This Understanding School Admissions and Appeals course prepares you and your organisation to ensure compliance with the ‘School Admissions Appeals Code’.

**NEW TRAINING DATE** 

After a sell-out course in January 2022, we will be re-running this training day in April 2022.

 

In the context of rising pupil populations, dealing with school admissions and appeals has become increasingly demanding. The COVID-19 pandemic added additional pressures to a heavy workload and altered the way appeals may be conducted. With these changes now in place until at least September 2022, it is essential that all schools and local authorities are aware of their responsibilities and that their admissions and appeals procedures are fully compliant. Furthermore, with ASCL’s September 2021 Blueprint for a Fairer Education System calling for deprived children to be granted admissions priority, there is increasing scrutiny on school and local authority policies and procedures.

This Understanding School Admissions and Appeals course prepares you and your organisation to ensure compliance with the ‘School Admissions Appeals 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.

With the current Government Consultation seeking views of all stakeholders to shape with future of the Code, plus the Schools White Paper, Opportunity for All, outlining plans for a register for children not in school to make sure no child is lost from the system, now is a crucial time to join with colleagues to both discuss effective processes and ensure you are fully compliant with statutory obligations.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the current landscape of school admissions, including procedure changes relating to COVID-19
  • Develop admissions procedures that are clear and fair
  • Establish legal requirements and responsibilities and ensure that your admissions and appeals processes are compliant with the most up to date guidance
  • Learn how to effectively and independently manage appeals and complaints
  • Determine how to prepare for admissions and appeals

Key Speakers

Sharon Oliver photo
Sharon Oliver
School Admission and Appeals Compliance Consultant
Doreen Pendergast photo
Doreen Pendergast
Former School Admission Policy Officer, Bromley Council and Independent Admissions Expert

Agenda

9:30 am
Login and Accessing Training Platform

*This training will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates in advance.

9:45 am
Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to experts, have their concerns heard, and leave the day equipped to improve compliance around the School Admissions Appeals Code.

In this first session, participants will have the opportunity to share their key challenges, to help tailor the training through the day to your needs, and help you find solutions.

Each session through the day will encourage and allow time for questions and discussion.

Sharon Oliver
Sharon Oliver
School Admission and Appeals Compliance Consultant
Confirmed
10:00 am
Developing Effective and Transparent Admissions Procedures for All Pupils
  • Learning how to develop straightforward, effective and transparent admissions procedures
  • Knowing when to consult and who to consult with when determining admissions arrangements
  • Considering protocols for potentially vulnerable children or those who have special education needs or disabilities (SEND)
  • Determining how to prepare for oversubscription, in year admissions and withdrawal of places
  • Evaluating feedback in order to improve efficiency and enhance accessibility to parents
Sharon Oliver
Sharon Oliver
School Admission and Appeals Compliance Consultant
Confirmed
10:40 am
Morning Break and Networking

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function.

10:55 am
Successfully Navigating the Legal Requirements Around the Admissions and Appeals Process
  • Establishing the legal responsibilities and requirements of local authorities, own admissions authorities and governing bodies
  • Learning how to ensure compliance with both the Admissions and Appeals Codes, including for changes related to COVID-19
  • Exploring practices and policies that may undermine fair admission processes
  • Examining the SEND Code of Practice to ensure proper procedures are in place for prospective SEND pupils
  • Understanding fair access protocol and how to avoid common pitfalls
  • Analysing legislation relevant to admissions decisions
  • Studying the different stages of the appeals process for both primary and secondary schools
Celia Whittuck
Celia Whittuck
Associate
IBB Law LLP
Confirmed
11:45 am
Utilising Data for Co-ordinated School Admissions and Appeals
  • Sharing best practice from local authority approaches to school admissions, with a view to working effectively with academy trusts to encourage an admissions policy that serves the whole community, including the most disadvantaged children and their families
  • Understanding the impact of academy trust admissions policies on the role of local authorities in admissions and appeals
  • Highlighting details of a co-ordinated approach
  • Disseminating expertise from chairing Fair Access Panels
Doreen Pendergast
Doreen Pendergast
Former School Admission Policy Officer, Bromley Council and Independent Admissions Expert
Confirmed
12:25 pm
Afternoon Break and Networking

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function.

1:10 pm
Ensuring Effective and Efficient School Admissions Appeals and Complaints
  • Learning about the different stages of the appeals process and effective appeals procedures
  • Working to ensure that the decision-making process is transparent
  • Knowing how admissions policies are applied in particular cases
  • Discussing scenarios and examples of how things go wrong with admissions and appeals and how to mitigate them
  • Developing an admissions and appeals strategy
Sharon Oliver
Sharon Oliver
School Admission and Appeals Compliance Consultant
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Interactive Discussion Session

During this session participants will be given the opportunity to ask any questions they have about School Admissions and Appeals that have not been answered through the training day thus far.

There will also be discussion on and sharing of best practice with each other, to learn more about what works well in different contexts.

Sharon Oliver
Sharon Oliver
School Admission and Appeals Compliance Consultant
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Final Discussion, Feedback, Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change

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