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NAHT comments on primary school application deadline day 2021

Friday 15 January is the deadline for families to submit their applications for primary school places.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, which represents the majority of primary school leaders, said:

“This can be an anxious time for families. Choosing the right school and securing a place there is a huge moment in a child’s life and places a great deal of pressure on their families. And of course, these feelings of anxiety will only be heightened by the confusion and uncertainty caused by Coronavirus. Schools have gone to great lengths to find innovative solutions so that parents can make informed choices, but the reality is that in many instances families could be applying for schools they simply haven’t been able to visit in person.

“It is vital that no child going through the primary admissions process this year should be disadvantaged. Support must be in place for families to navigate what can be a daunting process. For those families not getting their first choice of school, the appeals process will be going ahead, albeit virtually. This process must be as robust as ever and be made clear to parents through effective communication and advocacy, where required.”

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

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