Fair Access Protocol (FAP)


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All Local Authorities are required to have a Fair Access Protocol (FAP) to enable vulnerable unplaced children to be offered a school place quickly. All admission authorities are legally required to participate in their local Fair Access Protocol, including Academies and Free Schools. This Fair Access Protocol will apply until the new one is agreed, which is currently under consultation (see below).

There are several reasons why a child may qualify for admission under the FAP and in many cases there will be no behaviour concerns or other additional needs. An explanation of the reasons for FAP status is contained in Appendix 2 of the FAP but if there is any doubt, please email fair.accessprotocol@eastsussex.gov.uk for clarification.

If a school is asked to admit a child via the FAP, this is normally done by secure email to the headteacher of the school in question, giving 72 hours in which to respond. If no objection is raised within that time limit, the allocation is made, so if the headteacher is away or otherwise unable to access email for any reason during term time it is wise to arrange for someone else to monitor the email account.

FAP credit is awarded for each child admitted under the FAP and this is then used to inform decisions about where future children are allocated places under the FAP.

The previous version of the Fair Access Protocol can be found here: Fair Access Protocol 2016 (old)

Revisions to the East Sussex Fair Access Protocol

East Sussex County Council has agreed a new Fair Access Protocol in line with the School Admissions Code 2021 and the accompanying guidance, which can be found using the links here:

School Admissions Code 2021

Dfe Fair Access Protocol guidance 2021

East Sussex Fair Access Protocol 2021