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NLPG Underpins Pan-London eAdmissions Service for Schools

Posted: 16 July 2009

The National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) will provide the vital address intelligence behind the updated eAdmissions service for schools across London provided by the London Grid for Learning Trust (LGfL).

The LGfL manages this public-facing school admissions service on behalf of the 33 London local authorities, and Surrey County Council. The service, which had previously attracted increasing numbers of parents as the preferred means of securing information, selecting schools, ordering preferences and making an on-line application, is scheduled to go live in September 2009.

This updated LGfL managed service will make it even easier for parents and carers to apply for school places. It allows them to search for information and apply online for primary and secondary schools, and in some boroughs for nursery, junior and middle schools. The system only allows one application per child per borough, but parents living close to a council border can make another application to the neighbouring borough should they so wish and apply right up to the closing date without having to rely on the post.

The new system uses the same NLPG address schema as local authorities, enabling applications to be read straight into local authority's systems. This considerably reduces the time taken to process applications to, normally, within 5 days. When the applications have been processed by the local authority the offer letters are sent out to parents and the applicant records on the eAdmissions site updated. Parents can then accept offers online and send any relevant documentation using the system.

"We are delighted to be using the NLPG," said Shamaila Ahmedi, Pan London Admissions Business Operations Manager for LGfL. "The old eAdmissions system suffered from the lack of common address information which made it more difficult to match and process applications. Now we will receive a monthly update of the NLPG to ensure that the new system keeps in synch with the Local Authorities," continued Shamaila.

Licensing of the NLPG for use by LGfL in the eAdmissions system was facilitated by the London Borough of Brent, as lead authority.

The NLPG is run on behalf of local government by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) with Intelligent Addressing (IA) as the national custodian.

London, 16th July 2009

Notes to Editors:

The National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) was initiated in 1999 to become the master address dataset for England and Wales and the central hub for the 376 address creating Local Authorities and their Local Land and Property Gazetteers (LLPGs). Based on twelve digit unique property reference numbers (UPRNs) the underlying principle of these gazetteers is to provide a single definitive address database for all departments and systems across a local authority in order to cut costs, improve efficiency and service delivery.

The NLPG is a joint venture between the Local Government Information House part of IDeA and Intelligent Addressing Limited.

Intelligent Addressing is a specialist private sector consultancy (an SME) employing recognised experts in addressing. It was originally set up to help develop the NLPG on behalf of local government and now manages the NLPG and National Street Gazetteer (NSG) central data hubs under the terms of the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with local government.

Intelligent Addressing contacts:

Gayle Gander, Head of Marketing | 0207 747 3500 |

[email protected] | www.intelligent-addressing.co.uk

The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) works in partnership with all councils, to enhance the performance of the best, accelerate the speed of improvement of the rest, and develop the sector as a whole.

Working in partnership with the local government community developing national infrastructure projects that enable councils to deliver local services more effectively, LGIH acts as an intermediary between the public and the private sector enabling it to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities in order to provide key parts of a technical infrastructure for improved service delivery.

IDeA contact:

Paul Bailey | Tel: 020 7296 6600 |
[email protected] | www.idea.gov.uk

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