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Freedom of Information Request

Fair Access Protocols

Received: 17 June 2019

Dear sir/madam,
I would like to request the below information, relating to fair access protocols, under the freedom of information act. If information for any of the questions below is out of scope, please include the reason next to the specific question, and provide an answer for the others. Information in an Excel spreadsheet would be preferable.
1. The number of cases considered under Fair Access Protocols in the council for this academic year, and then the previous three before that (17-18, 16-17, 15-16)
2. The number of intentions to direct issued by the council to local schools in this academic year, and then the previous three before that (17-18, 16-17, 15-16)
3. How many schools failed to engage fully or at all with the protocol processes in this academic year, and then the previous three before that (17-18, 16-17, 15-16)
4. The number of refusals made by academies in the council area in this academic year, and then the previous three before that, and/(or) the number of directions requested of the secretary of state (17-18, 16-17, 15-16). Please also split by primary/secondary.
5. The number of appeals to the Schools Adjudicator made by governing bodies of maintained schools in this academic year, and then the previous three before that (17-18, 16-17, 15-16). Please also split by primary/secondary.
6. The number of schools that refused a request based on 3.12 of the Code, which states: a 'governing body does not wish to admit a child with challenging behaviour outside the normal admissions round, even though places are available, it must refer the case to the local authority for action under the Fair Access Protocol. This will normally only be appropriate where a school has a particularly high proportion of children with challenging behaviour or previously excluded children', Please provide this information for this academic year, and then the previous three before that (17-18, 16-17, 15-16)
7. How many children failed to secure a school place after a referral to the fair access panel in this academic year, and then the previous three before that (17-18, 16-17, 15-16). Please also split by primary/secondary.
8. I would like details on the length of time it took to negotiate the admission of some children. Please could you provide the average length of time from referral to a child entering their new school. Failing this, please could you provide the longest time it took for a child to enter a new school after a referral? (for this academic year, and the previous three). Please also split by primary/secondary.

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