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Cardiff University academics help provide guidance for families applying for school places

13 October 2020

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Academics from Cardiff University’s School of Modern Languages have helped to communicate a new guide for families applying for school places.

Cardiff Council’s School Admissions team have put together seven tips on how the admissions process works, the importance of using all preferences available to them and why they should apply on time.

University academics have provided voiceovers for the accompanying animated films, making the information accessible for as many people as possible. Languages include Arabic, Czech, Romanian, Portuguese, Polish, Somali and Bengali.

Dr Elizabeth Wren-Owens said: "The School of Modern Languages is delighted to support this excellent initiative. It's important to celebrate our linguistic and cultural diversity. Having the opportunity to support primary and secondary schools to foster such inclusivity is a real pleasure."

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Councillor Sarah Merry said: “Applying for a school place can be a nerve-racking time, particularly if families are not fully aware of how the application process works or that completing the application incorrectly could hinder their chance of getting a place at their preferred school.

“The aim of this campaign is to make the application process as simple and transparent as possible, so that every family in Cardiff has the knowledge, support and understanding to ensure that they are not at a disadvantage when applying for a school place.”

Information is also included on how to make an appeal if you are not offered your preferred school.

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