Academy admission request form for looked-after children

Form to be used by local authorities requesting that the Secretary of State for Education direct an academy to admit a looked-after child.



The form details all the information required by the Education Funding Agency (acting on behalf of the Secretary of State) to consider a request to direct admission of a looked-after child or a previously looked-after child to an academy.

It should be used in conjunction with the the School Admissions Code.

Directions should only be considered as a last resort.

Completed forms should be submitted online with the title “Request for a Secretary of State direction”.

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Published 28 February 2014
Last updated 4 January 2016 + show all updates
  1. Form updated to remove references to residence orders.
  2. Updated with changes to the process section and to add a link to the online enquiry form for submitting completed forms.
  3. First published.