In-year fair access protocol
In-year fair access
The 2014 School Admissions Code requires all state-funded mainstream schools to participate in their local authority's Fair Access Protocol (pdf format, 306Kb) to ensure that unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are offered places promptly and at a suitable school.
It is only used for the in-year admission of children who are difficult to place, particularly those with challenging behaviour.
Challenging behaviour is defined as serious criminal behaviour resulting in a conviction or a police caution, behaviour resulting in a permanent exclusion, or behaviour resulting in a significant number of fixed-term exclusions from which it is clear that the child is at serious risk of permanent exclusion.
Children who need to be placed through the Fair Access Protocol are given priority for admission over others on a continued interest list or those awaiting an appeal.