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This podcast is aimed at those interested in education law and public authority law more generally. It condenses in an accessible way the current guidance and hot topics with regard to the admissions and exclusions regime for maintained schools and academies following the introduction of a raft of new guidance and regulations in 2012.

After completing the course you will:
  • Be aware of the recent changes to the Schools Admissions Code;
  • Know your way around the schools admissions framework Understand the timetables and over subscription criteria;
  • Know the banned and permitted selection criteria schools can undertake;
  • Be aware of arguments relating to equality and fairness surrounding schools admissions;
  • Know the extent to which academies are free to set their own criteria away from interference;
  • Be aware of the current ‘hot topics’ on admissions and exclusions policy;
  • Understand the new review procedure on exclusion decisions and the extent of the panel’s review jurisdiction;
  • Know the likely areas of challenge in the new exclusion regime;
  • Understand where SEN and disability discrimination fit within the new framework.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Legal Principles
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • School’s Admissions Code 2012;
  • School’s Admissions Appeals Code 2012;
  • Schools Standards & Framework Act 1998 s84;
  • Equality Act 2012 s85(1), 149;
  • R (on the application of Drayton Manor High School) v The Schools Adjudicator & Anor [2008] EWHC 3119 (Admin);
  • Education Act 2002 s52, s51A;
  • The Education (Pupil Exclusions and Appeals) (Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2002;
  • The School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012 No. 1033;
  • R (on the application of LG) v The Independent Appeal Panel for Tom Hood School & Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 142.

This podcast with specialist education law barrister David Lawson condenses the complex and changing provisions governing admissions and exclusions to state schools. It addresses the most recent changes to the Admissions Code following the expansion of the academies programme and explores the new provisions intended to bolster head teachers’ powers of exclusions and expulsion.

Podcast added 29/05/12

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