Applications for primary and secondary school places can now be made online in all England's 150 local authority areas that provide educational admissions. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Parents starting the process of enrolling their children for the start of the next academic year in 2007 can apply using transactional electronic forms. They will also have access to an email query system and links to relevant websites. The eAdmissions National Project is led by Hertfordshire County Council and sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education and Skills, as part of the National Strategy for Local Government. Online applications are good for both parents and the local authorities, says eAdmissions National Project programme manager Amanda Derrick. For parents, it allows everything to be done in one visit. For councils, the electronic process is less labour-intensive and more accurate than the traditional paper form.