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Fair Access Protocol (FAP)

All Local Authorities must have in place a Fair Access Protocol, in accordance with Government Legislation, and all schools must participate in the protocol in order to ensure that unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a school as quickly as possible. This includes admitting children to schools that are already full.

Local Authorities are asked by the Government to ensure that no school, including those with places available, is asked to take an excessive or unreasonable number of children who have been excluded from other schools or who may have challenging behaviour. They must also ensure that the protocol covers children who arrive in the area outside of the normal admissions round and may have difficulty securing a place.