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NLA - School Appeal Panel Members

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Employment Term:
Non South Gloucestershire Council post
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As and when required
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Closed for applications on 31/03/2020 23:59
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Badminton Road, Yate
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31 Mar

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Wanted – School Appeal Panel Members

Do you have excellent listening skills?
Do you have the ability to put people at ease and make balanced decisions?

Would you like to become involved in an important, impartial service provided to parents and schools?

We are looking for new volunteers to become members of the South Gloucestershire Independent Appeals Panel. Panel members must be able to put nervous parents at ease and make balanced decisions to ensure that parents and schools receive a fair appeal hearing.

What do panels do?

If a parent is refused a place at their preferred school for their child or if their child has been permanently excluded from school they can appeal to an independent panel. The Panel will consider the special circumstances of the parent’s case, the reasons why the admission authority refused their child a place or excluded their child from school and makes a decision on the issue.

Who is on the Panel?

We have a pool of members and use three members to sit on our panels. There are two types of member – those with experience of education (i.e. a parent of a child at a school or somebody with experience in education) and “lay” members (i.e. those without any experience in education).

Each school appeal panel must include a lay member. We, therefore, welcome applications from people without personal experience in the management or provision of education in any school, other than as a governor or in any other voluntary capacity.

We are also seeking applications from people who are school governors, headteachers or former headteachers, teachers or former teachers and parents with children at school. No special qualifications are required.

Appeal hearings are held during the day. Service on the Panel is voluntary, but members are entitled to some expenses (such as travel) and refreshments are provided for panel members throughout the day. All new panel members will receive training before taking part in an appeal.

If you would like to be considered as an appeal panel member, application forms are available from Democratic Services on 01454 863015, by email schoolappeals@southglos.gov.uk

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