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School Appeals Guide Digest: Free

Membership: £5

  • Free copy of the Comprehensive Guide
  • Access to Members' Forum
  • Comprehensive list of Links to websites on education related matters
  • Access to comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions
  • Regular e-mail newsletters about school admissions issues
  • 12 month subscription
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School Appeals Comprehensive Guide: £9.99

  • Comprehensive guidance about how to prepare for an admission appeal
  • How to challenge the admission authority's case
  • Explains the appeal process and the Appeal Panel's decision
  • Checklists so that you can see if you have understood the issues raised and have the right supporting documents
  • What questions that you should be asking at the appeal and questions that you are likely to be asked by the admissions authority
  • What to expect at the appeal because knowledge breeds confidence
  • Regular e-mail newsletters about school admissions issues
  • Did you know: the guide is free of charge if you become a Member or sign up to Service Levels 1, 2 or 3
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Your School Your Choice publication: £11.99

Your School Your Choice, published by Lawpack Publishing Ltd on February 27, 2008, reveals exactly what many parents are desperate to know - how to win an appeal for your child’s place at a chosen school - and offers to boost the chances of a successful appeal from 35% to as high as 75%.

Your School Your Choice explains precisely how parents can make sure their appeal against an admission authority's decision has the best chance of success and is written by John Chard, who has experience on both sides of the fence (as an advisor to school appeal panels and as an advisor to parents), and presents an insider view on how parents can succeed in their appeal.

John offers invaluable advice and guidance to parents in connection with whichever appeal that they will encounter. His track record of successful appeals is about 75% (compared to the national average of about 35%). In the book John shares his authoritative view on how to make a successful appeal.

He comments: "One of the most successful ways to win an appeal is to prove that the published admission criteria have not been followed by the admission authority. Often a number of admission authorities have not adhered to their own admission arrangements, which is a clear breach of the codes issued by the government. Regretfully, only a third of all appeals are successful and this is mainly because parents are not properly prepared for what can often be a traumatic experience at a time when they are extremely anxious. This usually happens because parents do not know how to challenge an admission authority’s statement."

Publisher Jamie Ross adds: "This is a comprehensive, authoritative and bang up-to-date guide to getting a place for your child at the school of your choice, whatever their age. It covers the admissions process and the appeals process. We have been working flat out to ensure that the book is available for National Offer Day and contains a comprehensive guidance on the latest school appeals code which applies to decisions communicated after March 1, 2008."

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Service Level 1 – School Appeal Review: £150

  • Complete review of your appeal
  • Review of the admission authority's case
  • Access to online Member-only services: the Member Forum, Links and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Regular e-mail newsletters about school admissions issues
  • 12 month subscription
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  • Join at Service Level 1

Service Level 2 – Unlimited Counselling: £225

  • All services in Service Level 1
  • Unlimited counselling in respect of a single appeal
  • Access to online Member-only services: the Member Forum, Links and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Regular e-mail newsletters about school admissions issues
  • 12 month subscription
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  • Join at Service Level 2

Service Level 3 – Unlimited Counselling for two appeals: £275

  • This involves all the services in Service Level 2 but for two appeals
  • Access to online Member-only services: the Member Forum, Links and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Regular e-mail newsletters about school admissions issues
  • 12 month subscription
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  • Join at Service Level 3

Service Level 4 – Full representation at your appeal: £725 plus expenses

  • This involves all the services in Service Level 2
  • Access to online Member-only services: the Member Forum, Links and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Regular e-mail newsletters about school admissions issues
  • 12 month subscription
  • Full advocacy at your appeal
  • Your appeal will be presented in the best possible way
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  • Join at Service Level 4

Please contact us for an individual quote if you are involved with more than 2 appeals.