School Appeal Panel Members
Job Title: School Appeal Panel Members
Vacancies: without Limit
Volunteering for WCC (with travel and subsistence reimbursed)
Location: Meeting remotely until September 2022, thereafter at County Hall, Worcester
Contract type: Volunteer (no contract)
Working pattern: Hours to suit. Hearings are held over half and full days during the working week throughout the year but the main period is from April - September
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SCHOOL APPEAL PANEL MEMBER?
Can you see both sides of every argument? Do you have some time to spare?
If so, Worcestershire County Council would like to hear from you to serve on Appeals Panels which deal with school admissions and permanent exclusion from school. The Panels make decisions on pupils refused places at, or excluded from, Worcestershire schools.
Panels can sit for periods ranging from a couple of hours to several days in the case of admission appeals. Although admission appeals are heard throughout the year the peak period is April to September each year. Appeals relating to permanent exclusion are fewer in number and are arranged as needed. All appeal hearings take place during the working day. As part of a group of panel members you will be contacted in advance to confirm your availability.
These Panels are completely independent of the Admissions Authority and any decisions they make are binding. They are supported and advised by a Clerk.
Skills and experience which are necessary for the role include being able to:
• communicate effectively with a wide range of people
• assess information and identify key points of the case
• ask probing questions
• be impartial and sensitive
• respect the need for appropriate confidentiality.
The Council welcomes interest from all sections of the community; governors, parents and ex-teachers as well as people with an interest in education but no direct experience in a school.
Admission Appeal Panels are made up of members with or without direct experience of education. For permanent exclusions, membership is more restricted and comprises a lay member (who has not worked in any school in a paid capacity) who must act as Chair, and a headteacher and governor, either currently serving or having done so in the last 5 years.
Full training will be provided. No fee or retainer is paid but travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed.
We are inclusive – this is really important to us.
If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please let us know.
If you are interested in serving on these Panels, application forms are available by contacting the Appeals Team as follows:
• telephone number 01905 843579,
• e-mail AppealsTeam@worcestershire.gov.uk or
• write to, Appeals Team, Legal and Governance, Worcestershire County Council, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
Application Closing Date: 14 February 2022