Suffolk’s Fair Access Protocol

Learn about Suffolk County Council’s Fair Access Protocol and In-Year Fair Access Panel (IYFAP) guidance.

Proposed Fair Access Protocol

Suffolk County Council is proposing to introduce a new Fair Access Protocol (FAP) due to the mandatory changes in the School Admissions Code (1 September 2021). Even though this is a mandatory requirement, we cannot do this without first consulting with schools. Schools are currently being consulted on the proposed changes.

The School Admissions Code requires a local authority to have a Fair Access Protocol (FAP), 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.

The operation of FAP is triggered when a parent of an eligible child has not secured a school place under in-year admission procedures.

All admission authorities (including schools that are their own admission authority) must participate in the FAP in order to ensure that unplaced children are allocated a school place quickly. The protocol process is in effect a safety net for where the normal in-year admission procedures have failed to ensure a pupil needing a school place has secured one.

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