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  • Admissions for looked after children Know the rules when admitting looked after children (LAC) and previously LAC, including what exceptions apply and what processes your local authority will need to go through.
  • Admissions: pupils with SEN Understand your duties around admitting pupils with special educational needs (SEN), both with and without education, health and care (EHC) plans - including which schools can be named on EHC plans.
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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'). Pupils have missed a lot of school due to coronavirus and you may be getting requests from parents to hold their children back a year - 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.
  • Sixth-form admissions: rules and guidance Understand the rules around sixth-form admissions, including who sets your academic entry requirements and which pupils you must prioritise if you're oversubscribed.
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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 Learn what having a dual registered pupil at your school will mean for you. Find out where to go for questions about funding and exam entries, how to register dual registered pupils on your census, and which school the pupil's exam results will count towards.
  • 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.
  • Removing pupils from the school roll: long-term absence Can pupils be taken off roll if they are absent for a significant period? We explain when pupils can be deleted from the roll due to long-term absence. This article also includes information on whether pupils that refuse to attend school and Traveller pupils may be removed from the school roll.
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