In order to comply with the e-Government requirement for all local authorities to provide online school admissions facilities for the September admissions round, the 33 London boroughs have worked together to provide a system via a single portal. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The system, which is launched recently, is closely aligned to the UK Government's 'Transformational Government Strategy', and is compliant with the Minimum Feature List developed by the e-Admissions National Project. The National Project, which is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government to support 150 local authorities in delivering online school admissions, has provided guidance and research results to aid development of the London system. The idea of a single portal stemmed from the success of the Pan London Coordinated School Admissions project, which demonstrated that the London boroughs could work together, using common processes and a shared IT infrastructure, to achieve significant improvements to the school admissions service in the capital.