LEAs must allocate reasonable funds to governing bodies of schools which are admission authorities, to meet admission and admission appeals costs, unless the school and LEA agree that the LEA should itself carry out the administration on the governing body’s behalf, free of charge to the school. It is for the LEA to decide whether these funds should be allocated to the schools as earmarked allocations which are additional to, and separate from, their budget shares. [current code of practice]
I have no statistics, Alex, but would venture to guess that most allocations are not earmarked specifically for appeals.
I know of a number of foundation schools that have given up running their own appeals (because they found the task too onerous), and have "hired" an LA panel and clerk. The LA has charged a hefty sum for providing this service (none of which goes to panel members
). As far as I know, the schools cannot reclaim this from the LA because the response would be "You've already been allocated the money". The LA is free to choose what to charge for providing this service - just as it chose what was a "reasonable" amount to allocate originally!
Incidentally, the new code of practice (if it comes into force) changes the wording from "LEAs must
allocate reasonable funds ....." to "LAs should
allocate reasonable funds ......"
are we independent? Yes. We try our best to be.
I'm sure you do Capers, but if it's the headteacher who selects you, it's difficult to avoid a perception that you might not be .........