A revised School Admissions Code came into force on 1 September 2021.
The proposed Code focusses on in-year school admissions and is, in part, a result of the findings of the Department for Education’s review of children in need and recognition of the support required for vulnerable children in the school admissions process.
The Code requires recognition of internationally adopted previously looked after children (IAPLAC), and this has been added to the definitions of looked after children (LAC) and previously looked after children (PLAC) within the relevant section of the school’s Admissions Policy.
The School Admissions Code requires schools to publish details of how the In-Year admissions process will operate. This will be published on the school website by 31st August.
The In-Year process is already included within the Admissions Policy; it is suggested that this is extracted and inserted under a separate heading of “In-Year Admissions” on the Admissions page of the website, together with an indication of the new time frames below, a requirement placed on all admissions authorities by the new Code: