The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on education appeals
The government has made some amendments to the legislation surrounding school admission appeals to allow for appeals to be heard during the current pandemic. Whilst they have not changed the legislation relevant to the panel’s decision making powers or the Infant Class Size Legislation, they have changed how appeals are to be heard. This change is in force for all appeals lodged up until 30 September 2021.
In order to effectively manage all the appeals that we service and to ensure fairness for all parties to be able to access the hearing, we will be planning on behalf of each of the admission authorities we service appeals for, for our panels to hear all appeals based on written submissions only. This is after a great deal of consideration on access, consistency and fairness for all parents/carers appealing as well as considerations on staffing and IT provision to support video/conference calls.
Consideration has been given for the ability to hold all appeals in a timely manner as well as the fact some parents/carers are key workers, some have childcare responsibilities so would find joining a call difficult at a specific time, plus be able to fully participate. In addition to the fact that some parents would be working and unable to join the call.
It has been decided that the conditions in the regulations cannot be met consistently for all parties if we were to hear appeals in any other way, therefore our appeal panels have decided to hear appeals based on written submissions only. Please download the School admissions appeal - a guide for parents/carers.