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New school admissions code effective from January

The new school admissions code came into force on 19 December, replacing the school admissions code 2012, and introducing in the following changes:

  • Admission authorities are now permitted to give priority in their admission arrangements to children eligible for the early years pupil premium, pupil premium or service premium funding
  • Admission authorities of primary schools are now permitted to give priority in their admission arrangements to children eligible for the early years pupil premium, pupil premium or service premium funding, who are in a nursery class which is part of the school or who attend a nursery which is established and run by the school
  • Amendments have been made to the timetable by which admission arrangements must be consulted upon, determined and published by admission authorities, and the timetable for resolving disputes regarding the lawfulness of admission arrangements through objections to the independent schools adjudicator
  • The provisions relating to the admission of summer born children who wish to delay entry into reception have been clarified
  • A number of minor technical drafting changes have been made to clarify certain provisions and to bring the code up to date with legislative changes

The majority of the changes come into force immediately. The new admissions timetable under the code will apply from September 2015. The full admissions code can be accessed here, and NAHT advice on admissions is available on our website here.


 

Page Published: 13/01/2015