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  • 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 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.
  • 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 school admission arrangements Learn how admissions authorities set admissions criteria. We also explain how the consultation process works, and the deadline for consulting on changes to admissions arrangements.
  • 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.
  • School Admissions Code: changes from September 2021 The DfE has updated the School Admissions Code in response to its consultation. The most significant changes are around the rules on in-year admissions and fair access protocols (FAPs). Get to grips with the amended code before it comes into force on 1 September 2021.
  • School admissions: communication with parents Use our template letter to respond sensitively when parents query the outcome of admissions applications. Get further inspiration with examples of letters for in-year admissions.