The School Admissions Code (September 2021) 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 and vulnerable children, and those who are having difficulty in securing a school place in-year, are allocated a school place as quickly as possible.
The operation of FAP is triggered when a parent or carer 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. The FAP 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.
The FAP and In-Year Fair Access Panel guidance have been up-dated in line with the School Admissions Code (September 2021) after a consultation with schools: