Admissions for looked after childrenMust looked after children have priority in admissions? We outline the rules and exceptions to prioritising looked after children (LAC) and previously LAC in school admissions. We also point to definitions of the terms 'LAC' and 'previously LAC', explaining which children qualify for priority.
Admissions: pupils with SENMust pupils with SEN have priority in admissions? We outline the rules on the admission of pupils with special educational needs (SEN), including those with statements and education, health and care (EHC) plans. We also explain which types of school can be named on an EHC plan.
Admission appealsParents 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 formsYour 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.
How to set your school admission arrangementsAdmissions arrangements for September 2022 must be set by 28 February 2021. 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 groupsKnow 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: outcome letters for parentsUse our template letter to communicate sensitively with parents when explaining the outcome of admissions applications. Get further inspiration with examples of letters and guidance from local authorities.
Sixth-form admissions: rules and guidanceUnderstand the rules around sixth-form admissions, including who sets your academic entry requirements and which pupils you must prioritise if you're oversubscribed.
Admissions above the PANCan schools admit pupils above the published admission number (PAN)? This article defines the PAN and looks at whether admission authorities can admit above this number. It also addresses how and when maintained schools and academies might be directed to admit above the PAN.
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.
Dual registration of pupilsLearn 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 rollIf 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 absenceCan 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.