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Schools adjudicators work independently from the Department for Education but are appointed by the Secretary of State for Education. They are appointed on their experience and ability to act impartially, independently and objectively.
When considering a case, adjudicators take into account supporting evidence presented by each party, and any general guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) provides support to the adjudication process by providing advice and guidance to ensure papers submitted for adjudicator review are complete and make sure all parties involved in cases are kept fully informed on progress and decisions made.
The school adjudicators' legal responsibilities include:
This Code comes into force on 1 February 2012 and, unless otherwise stated, applies with immediate effect. It will apply to admission arrangements determined in 2012 for admission in school year 2013/14. (Last updated in February 2012, 37 pages.)
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