Parents can now apply for school places online in every part of the country, following the roll-out of the eAdmissions National Project.
The Department for Education and Skills has confirmed that all 150 local education authorities are now offering online admissions applications, support and information on the web and an e-mail facility so parents can raise queries throughout the admissions process.
The online admissions services are designed to help make the often fraught process of securing a school place run more smoothly. It means parents do not need to rely on the postal service, and can speedily confirm applications by e-mail.
Details of applications can be changed online right up until the closing date and parents need not wait for an allocation letter to tell them where their child has secured a place.
The eAdmissions National Project is one of 22 national e-government projects. It has been led by Hertfordshire county council, which pioneered online school applications in 2002.
Last year the county saw 58% of local parents apply for their child’s school place online. In 2005, 58% of Hertfordshire parents applied online, proving this a popular service channel.
Local authorities now have to meet continuing take-up targets. The aim is to attract 5% to 10% of parents in the first year of running the service and 10% to 20% in the second year.
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