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Parents can appeal admissions decisions, and you're required to publish an appeals timetable on your website. Be clear on how the appeals process works, what you need to do to stay compliant, and how to handle appeals during temporary coronavirus regulations.

Admission appeals during COVID-19

Temporary regulations came into force in April 2020 to amend the School Admission Appeal Regulations 2012, to help admission authorities carry out appeals during the pandemic.

These temporary regulations will now remain in force until 30 September 2022 (the date was extended from 31 January 2021 and then again from 30 September 2021).

Flexibility with panel hearings – when it's not safe to meet face-to-face (in line with government guidance), hearings can take place remotely by telephone or video conference, or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing Amendments to deadlines – appellants must now be: Given at least 28 calendar days’ written notice of a deadline for lodging an appeal Given at least 14 calendar days’ written notice of an appeal hearing (although appellants can waive their right to this in writing) Sent a decision letter within 7 calendar days of the hearing (or in the case of written submissions only, within

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