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This site hosts consultations run by the Department for Education. Public participation is important to the development of our policies and guidance so please have your say.

 

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

The Department for Education consulted on changes to the School Admission Appeals Code to allow appeals to be held remotely as well as in person and to allow appeal hearings to continue with two panel members where the third member needs to withdraw.

You said

There was broad support for most of our proposals, in particular the proposal to allow admission authorities to offer remote appeals. The proposal to allow appeal hearings to continue with two panel members where the third member has to withdraw also received support but those who opposed the change raised important concerns about fairness and the perception of fairness.

A total of 488 responses were received. Of these, 94 were from local authorities, 135 were from representatives of schools and academy trusts, 169 from admission appeal panel members and 72 responses were from individuals.

We did

Alongside the publication of the government’s response to the consultation, a revised Appeals Code was laid before Parliament on 16 June 2022. The revised Appeals Code, subject to the Parliamentary process, will come into force on 1 October 2022. The current 2012 Appeals Code will continue to apply until this date.

We asked

Respondents to comment on the proposed changes to the ‘Teacher misconduct regulatory regime’.

You said

That it was only right for all children and young people to be safeguarded and protected wherever they are receiving their education.

 

We did

We have not made any further changes to our proposals. We plan to implement all of our proposals when the next legislative opportunity arises, and we will provide further guidance as necessary at that time.

We asked

The Department for Education published for consultation a draft statutory instrument proposing amendments to the regulations which set out the rules for the Teacher’s Pension Scheme.

You said

Nearly all respondents agreed that the draft amendments achieved the policy aims as described in the consultation document.

We did

The draft regulations now form the basis of the final regulations which were made and laid before Parliament on 18 March 2022.