Since their inception back in the 1980’s, the law on Admission Appeals has changed considerably.
A new Admission Code came into force on 19 December 2014; the 2012 appeals code remains valid.
While larger Admission Authorities, such as Local Authorities, have a small team dedicated to appeals, smaller Admission Authorities including Academies, Free Schools, Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools, rely on either their local authority or an independent clerking service.
Many councils now charge Academies and VA schools up to £300 for each appeal they organise.
Educationappeals Dotcom is a team of experienced, truly independent professionals who have been clerking appeals for over 25 years. We believe we are the largest such non local authority organisation to administer appeals in London and the South East.
While we give free independent advice to appellants in accordance with the code, we are not involved in providing a fee based service helping parents to win their appeal. We believed that this would undermine our independence.
Educationappeals Dotcom believes that a truly transparent independent service can only be achieved when we manage the entire process. We are here to provide a service that suits your needs.
This is what we can do for your Admission Authority:
- Give you general advice on the appeals process. Ensuring that at all times that your school or schools are not breaking the Appeals Code. Our independent advice team can also advise on admission arrangements and how to deal with in year admissions – an area where many own Admission Authority schools unknowingly break the law.
- Allocate a Clerk to your school, who will administer the whole of the school appeal process.
- We can send out Appeal Forms and information about the appeals process including helpful notes on how to complete the appeals form, although downloads from your own website could be a better option.
- We prefer to take receipt of Appeal Forms and regularly keep the school updated on the number of appeals lodged. Is it really independent for an appeal form to be returned to the school?
- Source and book an independent hearing venue and arrange for any catering.
- Recruit and supply from our pool of panel members suitably qualified people who have no connection with the schools being considered. Each has been trained to a standard that complies with the Admission Appeals Code.
- Send out the invitation letter inviting parents to the hearing. The letter will include advice about the hearing, an agenda, as well as who will be sitting on the panel.
- For secondary and primary transfer appeals, we prefer to use the multiple appeal method – this saves you time and money!
- Send out the statement from the Admission Authority. Our advice team, who will not be involved in your appeals, will be happy to review your statement and make suggestions about how to make your statement stronger.
- Book translators.
- Give independent advice to parents.
- The Clerk will attend the hearing. Ensure a smooth “code compliant” operation, take contemporaneous notes, offer procedural and legal advice to the panel, record the decision, the reasons for the decision and the voting.
- Decisions will be e mailed to you within 24 hours of the panel’s deliberations.
- Within 5 school days of the final deliberation for each school, the Clerk will send out the decision letter and a copy will be e mailed to the Admission Authority. The letter will include details about how the panel reached its decision. Our letters are not “one pagers”
- We will produce minutes of the hearings in the form of a word table. These are available on request.
- Finally a file will be produced in electronic format, with copies of all letters, notes and minutes for the Admission Authority to archive.