• Admission appeals Parents can appeal admission decisions. Be clear on how to handle appeals during temporary coronavirus regulations, and get details on how the full appeals process works. Download our template appeal outcome letter, and see how other schools approach appeals.
  • Admission to reception: deferring entry Learn about parents' rights to delay when their child starts school and what's involved in the process for summer-born children.
  • Challenging the placement of a pupil with SEND: guidance and checklist There are times when you can't meet the needs of a pupil with an EHC plan. Be clear on your requirements and use our checklist to help you make the best possible case to your LA if you want to challenge a pupil's placement at your school.
  • How to set your admission arrangements Learn how admissions authorities set admissions criteria, how the consultation process works and the deadline for consulting on changes.
  • In-year admissions and fair access protocols The School Admissions Code 2021 made changes to the rules on in-year admissions and fair access protocols (FAPs). Get to grips with these new rules.
  • Placing pupils in older or younger year groups Know what you need to consider when deciding whether to place pupils ahead or behind their year group ('front yearing' or 'back yearing'). You may be getting requests from parents to hold their children back a year due to coronavirus - find out why you should only agree to this in exceptional cases.
  • Rules about admission application forms Your school may need to use a supplementary information form to apply its admission criteria. Read the dos and don'ts for these forms, and see examples from schools.
  • School admissions: communication with parents Find out how admission communications are managed and see examples of template letters for in-year admissions.
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  • Admissions above the PAN Read advice on admitting pupils above the published admission number (PAN), and the different ways maintained schools and academies can be directed to admit above the PAN.
  • Increasing the published admission number (PAN) Find out who's responsible for increasing your published admission number (PAN), how to prepare if an increase is coming, and see an example of a school consultation plan.
  • Reducing the published admission number (PAN) Admission authorities must consult when they propose to decrease a school's PAN. See information on timescales and who must be consulted. If you're a special school, find out how to change your agreed pupil number.
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  • Dual registration of pupils Understand what having a dual registered pupil at your school means for you. Find out how to register dual registered pupils for exams and on your school census, and where to go for information about funding.
  • Removing a pupil from the school roll If you have to delete a pupil from your school's admission register, you want to be clear on the legalities. Understand the conditions under which you can remove a pupil and use our template to pass on the required information to your LA before you do.
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