London boroughs save cash from shared school admissions system

London’s eAdmissions service for schools has been launched as a shared service among the capital’s 33 local authorities, and is cutting admissions running costs.

London’s eAdmissions service for schools has been launched as a shared service among the capital’s 33 local authorities, and is cutting admissions running costs.

Administration and stationery costs have been reduced by the online system, with an early feasibility study estimating that the co-ordinated online service will reduce overall costs by more than 50% when compared to each borough procuring and implementing their own local system.

The London system is the UK’s first eAdmissions system to be turned into a shared service and now allows widespread online school admissions.

Early results show that the London Borough of Hackney has seen 81% of its secondary school applications being made online, above the national average.

Others that achieved significantly higher online applications than the national average were the boroughs of Sutton, Merton, the City of London Corporation and Richmond. Overall, on average, the London boroughs are achieving 14% take-up.

The system has been implemented by the Pan London Coordinated School Admissions Programme and London Connects, led by Wandsworth Borough Council.

The system has been developed and hosted by System Associates, a privately-owned web technology partner.

Primary and secondary school applications can be made online by parents, at a time convenient to them, via London’s central portal - www.yourlondon.gov.uk.

Peter Williams, deputy CEO of London Connects, said, "Significant economies of scale can be achieved by sharing online services -  www.yourlondon.gov.uk has provided a platform upon which the 33 London boroughs can adopt a unified approach to all pan-London services, and save money in the process."

London eAdmissions sits under the eAdmissions National Project, which has overall responsibility for supporting 150 local authorities across the country in delivering and promoting online school admissions.

For secondary applications, parents can apply across different boroughs by filling in a single application form. Parents can also access useful online services, such as Ofsted reports and school prospectuses, which can help them to select a school.

If an applicant changes their mind, or their circumstances alter, amendments can be made right up until the school admissions deadline.

And if an application has not been submitted a week before the deadline, reminders are automatically sent via e-mail. Once the application has been completed, parents get an immediate confirmation of receipt via e-mail.


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