Each local authority must have a Fair Access Protocol, agreed with the majority of schools in its area to ensure that - outside the normal admissions round - unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. In agreeing a protocol, the local authority must ensure that no school - including those with available places - is asked to take a disproportionate number of children who have been excluded from other schools, or who have challenging behaviour.
The protocol must include how the local authority will use provision to ensure that the needs of pupils who are not ready for mainstream schooling are met through school practice and school provision being ready and available for students to access.
The Secondary Placements Panel (SPP) makes recommendations for the placement or provision for secondary school aged children for the following categories of child:
- Those children who have met the threshold for a permanent exclusion and for whom a Managed Transfer from one inclusion cluster to another is considered appropriate;
- Those children permanently excluded from a school (and not reinstated at an appeal);
- Those children without a school place, whom an education setting has not been agreed and where the School Admission Team has been unable to allocate a place via the Standard Admission or Assessed Admission procedures;
- Those children who are seeking reintegration from a Pupil Referral Unit into a mainstream school.
- Children Missing Education requiring the support of a School Attendance Order.
The Secondary Placement Panel meets 12 times a year and is comprised of:
- LA Officers representing the Inclusion and Welfare Service, School Admissions and Education Psychology
- Headteacher / Principal of ACE School Plymouth (LA commissioned AP)
- The Chairs of the Cluster Inclusion Panels