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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 It is possible to place a pupil outside of their year group. However, there are a number of considerations to take. Read our article to find out what these are and what the responsibilities of the admission authority and the headteacher 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.