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  • Admissions for looked after children Must 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 SEN Must 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.
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  • Admission appeals Parents can appeal admissions decisions. Here's what you need to know about how the appeals process works. You'll also see how other schools approach this.
  • Admission appeals statements If your school is its own admission authority, you may have to write admission appeals statements. We explain what these statements should include.
  • Admission application forms Your school may need to use an admission application form, or supplementary information form, to apply admission criteria. Find out how you're allowed to use these forms, and what the forms can and cannot include, and see examples of forms from schools.
  • Admission to reception: can pupils start part-time? Can pupils start reception on a part-time basis? We explain that pupils must have the option of a full-time place for the September following their fourth birthday, but parents may choose to take up the place part-time. We also set out when a pupil reaches compulsory school age.
  • Admission to reception: deferring entry Can parents defer their child's entry to reception? We explain that parents have the right to defer entry to reception until their child is five years old. We look at how this affects a child's entitlement to free early education and discuss admission outside the normal year group.
  • Challenging the placement of a pupil with SEN As school leaders, you do all you can to support children with SEN however, there are times when you legitimately can't meet the needs of a pupil with an EHC plan. Read our article to find out what you need to know and what you need to do to give your school the best chance of challenging this placement.
  • How to set your school admission arrangements Admissions arrangements for September 2020 must be set by 28 February 2019. 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.
  • In-year admissions: refusing or delaying a place Can a school refuse an application for in-year admission? We refer to the School Admissions Code and explain the circumstances in which a school admission authority can and cannot refuse to admit a pupil in-year. We also look at local authorities' power to direct maintained schools to accept pupils.
  • 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: proposed changes The DfE is consulting on changes to the rules on in-year admissions and other tweaks to the code. Find out what the main proposed updates are.
  • School admissions: outcome letters for parents Use 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 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 Can 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.
  • Increasing the published admission number (PAN) Find out what you need to do to increase your PAN and how to prepare for it. See also an example of a school that's consulted on increasing its PAN.
  • Reducing the published admission number (PAN) What is the procedure for reducing the PAN? We refer to the School Admissions Code, which explains that all admission authorities must consult where they propose to decrease a school's PAN. We set out information on timescales and who admission authorities must consult.
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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, which school exam results will count towards, and how to register dual-registered pupils on your census.
  • 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. Here are the grounds on which pupils may be removed from the roll. Download our template for recording information about a pupil removed from the roll.
  • 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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