admissions

Children and Families Act 2014 gets Royal Assent

What was previously the Children and Families Bill was given Royal Assent on 13 March 2014. It has been substantially amended in the course of the parliamentary process but, as I reported earlier, it will finally bring academies into line with maintained schools when it comes to Part 4 of a Statement of SEN. More…

Free school admissions policy gives priority to ‘children whose parents are Founders of the College’

Canary Wharf College, a free school which opened in September 2011, apparently gives priority in admissions to ‘children whose parents are Founders of the College’. Canary Wharf College is one of the majority of free schools whose funding agreement (which is where the admissions criteria would be formally set out) is not yet publicly available.…

Who looks at acanofworms?

I’m delighted that there have now been been over 10,00 views (setttling down to an average of about 1,000 a week) of this blog. Judging by who follows acanofworms on twitter, they come from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, some pro academies, some anti academies and some just interested. Do all feel free…

Free School Funding Agreement departs from the requirements of the Admissions Code on timescales for changing admissions criteria

The first example I have seen of a free school funding agreement not giving full effect to the Admissions Code of Practice comes in the Bristol Free School agreement, kindly just sent to me by the school. As explained in another post, the model funding agreement for free schools contemplates them departing from the Admissions…

Education Act 2011 – Schools Adjudicator able to consider some complaints against academy admissions arrangements

The Education Act 2011 received royal assent on 15 November 2011. When it section 64 comes into force the Schools Adjudicator will be able to consider complaints against the admissions arrangements of an academy. However, it seems from the consultation draft of the new admissions code and the draft regulations which will flesh out what…

What about discrimination against disabled people?

The short answer is that is unlawful for a public authority (and that includes academies and free schools) to discriminate against disabled people. The rules relating to academies/free schools and discrimination generally are in another post. This post deals with the extra rules that relate to disability discrimination. Section 85(6) of the Equality Act 2010…

What about the Local Government Ombudsman?

The short answer is that the Ombudsman has no role in relation to academies/free schools. It is not generally possible to complain to the Local Government Ombudsman about schools (although there is a pilot for that in relation to maintained schools in some areas). The Ombudsman can hear complaints about the operation of local authority…

Can an academy set a quota on pupils with statements?

The short answer is no but some seem to do so. As described in another post, many academies have funding agrements which require then to consent to being named in a pupil’s statement of SEN (and thus, in effect, to admit that pupil) unless admitting them would be incompatible with the efficient education of other…