I came across some interesting information on the DfES and TeacherNet sites regarding the new admission procedures for Sept as a result of the new Code of Practice which becomes law on the 28th Feb this year:-
Following discussion with the main commercial suppliers of LA admissions software, the earlier release of these example file specifications will allow the release of new (first or beta) versions of processing software from April 2007. Testing of transfer files should take place in April 2007.
So the inter LEA admissions software providers have written some new software to cope with the Code of Practice changes and will have the new version available for LEA to test in April 2007.
Nothing particularly unusal in that, but the software uses a revised government transfer format (called a schema using computer language called XML) which is published on official government web sites. When you analyse some of the new data fields they have created to cope with the new Code you get an idea of how the new Procedures may operate.:-
LEAPreband -Lookup. LEA to OAA schools only. Available for use where the LEA, following testing, places each pupil into a band where the banding information is used in school admission policies.
1A = Band 1A (Highest)
1B = Band 1B
2A = Band 2A
2B = Band 2B
3 = Band 3 (Lowest)
U = Band Unknown
This seems to suggest that in future LEAS and selective schools may wish to have the option of allocating 11+ exam results into bands.
Has anyone come across this before? Would this make sense with the new Code of Practice and procedures or is this just a feature in the new software that LEAs and schools will not use?
Seems an interesting approach which I hadn't thought of.