Changing School Admissions and Appeals: Ensuring Compliance and Meeting the Needs of Pupils

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Alan Parker, Independent Consultant, School Adjudicator
  • Simon Burgess, Professor of Economics, University of Bristol
  • Jan Baines, School Admissions Manager, Northamptonshire County Council
  • Sharon Oliver, Sharon Oliver Consultancy
  • Yvonne Spencer, Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards
  • (Chair) Simeon Corfield, Schools Advisor & Former Headteacher
  • Cllr Peter Downes OBE, County Councillor and Educational Consultant, Cambridgeshire County Council and ASCL


School admissions are set to receive greater attention. Grammar schools in England are being given the chance to create thousands of new places in a trimmed-down selective school expansion programme. Plans for new faith schools have also been announced. But instead of making it easier for religious groups to open free schools, ministers will invite councils to open faith schools jointly with religious groups, as they have done in the past. Within the context of rising pupil populations and over-stretched budgets, dealing with school admissions and appeals has become increasingly demanding. With changes on the horizon, it is essential that all schools and local authorities are aware of their responsibilities.

Attend this Westminster Briefing to ensure your organisation’s procedures are compliant with the ‘School Admissions and Appeal Code’ legal requirements and how to manage school expansion. Learn from schools and LAs who have developed successful strategies for admissions and place-planning challenges, as well as effectively handling appeals and complaints.


Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Examining the effect of the expansion of selection and faith school admissions caps
  • Exploring the impact of the admissions code on your setting and how others approach it – including local authorities, faith schools, academies, grammars and free schools 
  • The role of the local authority in managing in-year admissions and as an independent point of appeal
  • Ensuring compliance with both the admissions and appeals codes
  • Learning from peers: case study examples from schools and LAs
  • Scenario planning for the new arrangements and forecasting pupil places 
  • How to prepare information for parents on the school’s admissions process


The Event:

The morning session will focus on understanding the policy implications of upcoming changes, including what schools can do to prepare.

The afternoon session will build on this, focusing on individual experiences and examples of best practice, learning from schools that have compliant processes and examining what more you can do to overcome the pressures of increasing demand for primary and secondary school places.


Who Should Attend?

You will join a range of education stakeholders including, but not limited to: admissions officers, headteachers, deputy headteachers, assistant headteachers, members of senior management teams, staff from local education authorities, admissions advisors and consultants, school governors, school improvement officers and local, regional and national bodies involved or interested in understanding school admissions and place planning.


The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Wednesday 27th June 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each

Above prices exclude VAT

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