Scottish Government have published advice and guidance on amended timescales for placing requests and appeals. This is in recognition of the disruption to services caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which has come at the same time that councils would normally assess school placing requests The amended timescales give councils more time to review placing requests and respond to them, and the amendments are as follows:
If you applied before 15 March 2020 you will hear about your placing request by 31 May 2020. We will write to inform you of the outcome of your placing request. If you applied after 15 March 2020 we now have three months to respond to your placing request after receiving this.
You can appeal a placing decision within 28 days of the date you received a decision from us. We will tell you can make an appeal in the decision letter. In line with Scottish Government’s guidance on amended timescales for placing request and appeals, councils have been given more time to respond to appeals.
Once you submit your appeal, we have 28 days to acknowledge your appeal and up to three months to hold an appeal hearing. You will be given 14 days notice of the hearing date. Due to the current pandemic and guidelines on social distancing this means that the appeals process will be different and can take place through video or telephone conference, or, if all involved agree to it, in writing.
We are working hard to make sure we have all placing requests and appeals completed before the new school year begins, although we cannot guarantee this under the current situation.