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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 20:02

Coronavirus and School Appeals in Kent and Medway: Part Five


It is very strange, but the extended quotation from the Welsh Government document  I reproduced in  my previous article, appears to have disappeared from the document. A Google search containing the relevant words comes up with: › school-admission-appeals-coronavirus-covi...

16 Apr 2020 - The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact on the ability of admission ... Parents must continue to have the right to appeal an admission ... but also whether they consent to, a hearing by telephone or video conference. ... is not reasonably practicable, the panel should decide the case using the parties' ...

So I know and can prove it was there! However, the link takes me to a page now dated 5th May, yesterday, and I can now find no trace of the original!!!

By way of compensation, the Welsh version of the Code scraps the ridiculously complex and unworkable requirements of the English version, reducing them to the short paragraph:

Appeals decided on the basis of the written submissions only (Wales)
The requirements and principles relevant to appeal hearings in section 5 of the Appeals Code must be applied as far as possible to appeals decided on the basis of written submissions only. However, those requirements that can only apply to hearings where the parties are present (either in person or remotely) may be disregarded and/or modifications may be made in order that they can be applied to appeals decided on the basis of written submissions only.

This provides the appropriate level of flexibility to enable appeals to take place as reasonably and fairly as possible, and it remains my view that this will be the route taken by the large majority of Admission Authorities

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