Update regarding proposed changes to regulations for appeals in 2020 as a result of COVID-19:
Please note that subject to parliamentary approval, the DfE’s new regulations for appeals, which will be in force until 31 January 2021, will if passed:
- Disapply the requirement that appeals panels must be held in person.
- Give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either in person, by telephone, by video conference, or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing.
- Relax the rules to make it permissible for panels to continue with and conclude appeals as a panel of two if one of the three panel members withdraws temporarily or permanently.
- Amend the deadlines relating to appeals for the time that the new regulations are in force – any new or revised deadlines must be reasonable and at least 28 days from the date a notification of refusal of a school place was received by the appellant.