Overview

18 Jan, 20229:30 am-3:15 pm
Online

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

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.

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
Celia Whittuck photo
Celia Whittuck
Associate
IBB Law LLP
Cllr Sarah Ruiz photo
Cllr Sarah Ruiz
Cabinet Lead Member for Children’s Social Care and Education
Newham Council

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, including those previously excluded from school 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 and publishing data 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
Data, Research and the Future Policy Development for School Admissions and Appeals
  • Sharing best practice from Newham Council, with a view to ensure an admissions policy that serves the whole community, including the most disadvantaged children and their families
  • Using the latest DfE data to set-out the trends in school applications, offers and appeals and positioning these in the wider demographic and policy context
  • Identifying the shortcomings of the official data and why these matter in relation to pupil/parental characteristics, school characteristics and the role of waiting lists in enabling families to get into their preferred schools
  • Considering how the pandemic has affected trends in admissions and appeals, and how to factor this into your planning and compliance
Cllr Sarah Ruiz
Cllr Sarah Ruiz
Cabinet Lead Member for Children’s Social Care and Education
Newham Council
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 Appeal 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
Sharon Oliver
Sharon Oliver
School Admission and Appeals Compliance Consultant
Confirmed
1:45 pm
Workshop: Develop an Admissions and Appeals Strategy

Working with the expert trainer, delegates will develop an admissions action plan for their organisation, including devising a strategy for effectively handling appeals and complaints.

There will also be the opportunity to partake in a mock school admission appeal hearing, to put learnings from the day into a specific practical context.

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

*Programme subject to change

Pricing

  • Voluntary Sector Small (Under £1m Income) (Online Price)
    £245 (+VAT)
  • Voluntary Sector Large (Over £1m Income) (Online Price)
    £295 (+VAT)
  • Public Sector (Online Price)
    £345 (+VAT)
  • Private Sector (Online Price)
    £425 (+VAT)