DfE Consultation update to the School Admissions Code
The DfE launched its consultation on proposed changes to the School Admissions Code 2014 on 26 June 2020, which ran until 16 October 2020. The full draft code, which incorporates main changes can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.
The consultation set out its rationale for the implementation of the changes, including how the sector continues to face challenges in supporting children to ensure they can access education, and the current COVID-19 pandemic which has affected everyone's lives in different ways.
The consultation focused on concerns that some of our most vulnerable children may experience gaps in their education because they are unable to secure a school place quickly during this unsettled period. It is felt that now, more than ever, there needs to be a continuation with plans to make changes to the School Admissions Code to support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
The DfE did not propose a wholescale review of the admissions system, as the main rounds largely work well, however following feedback from the sector regarding the in-year admissions processes and Fair Access Protocols the proposed changes seek to clarify these responsibilities and introduce a more robust process.
Colleagues were invited to contribute to our single response to the DfE, through an online questionnaire. The completed responses were gathered and collated to help to shape our on-time submission to the DfE.
The DfE has an expectation that these new sections of the code will be implemented by Local Authorities and own Admission Authorities in readiness for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Derby City Council are very excited to continue to work alongside colleagues to ensure compliance with the new sections of the code and will be letting colleagues know the specific changes that affect the admissions process and how we can continue to work collaboratively to support the young people of Derby City.