School Admission Appeal Panel Member

03 Sep 2020
30 Sep 2020
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Independent Panel Members

We are currently looking to appoint members to hear appeals for school admissions appeals and exclusion reviews.

There are no specific qualifications or experience that you need to become a Panel Member and we welcome people with all types of knowledge, background and experience.

Panel Members are expected to play an active part in questioning all parties at the hearing, showing favour to neither party, avoiding expressing personal opinions during the course of a hearing or making the case for either party and being conscious at all times of acting, and being seen to act, independently of the local authority and the school.

Panel Members need the ability to carefully consider the cases of all parties and then make a balanced and reasoned decision based on what they have read and heard.

Everyone involved in an appeal hearing needs to be familiar with the Schools Admission Code, the Schools Admission Appeals Code, the guidance on exclusions and any background legislation.

Panel Members are also required to attend training and briefing sessions. Due to the current situation with Covid 19, these will be taking place remotely using Microsoft Teams. You will require access to a computer, laptop or tablet in order to participate.

The role is voluntary although out of pocket expenses are paid for attending panel hearings and briefing/training sessions held in the Civic Centre. Appeals this year are being held remotely by Microsoft Teams due to Covid 19.

The City of Wolverhampton Council School Appeals Team aims to provide an outstanding service for both customers and service users. We aim to provide a service that actively promotes and upholds Equality and Diversity, equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful or unfair discrimination. The School Appeals Team recognises and respects the important and valuable contribution that people from all backgrounds and experiences bring to our service.

The Equality Act became law in October 2010 and protects nine protected characteristics: Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.

The Equalities Act (2010) also introduced a Public Sector Equality Duty, which places responsibilities on public sector organisations to eliminate discrimination, victimisation and harassment, to advance equal opportunity and to foster good relations between people who share protected characteristics and people who do not share them.

Applicants will be interviewed By Microsoft Teams Video conference in late October.

If you are interested in becoming an independent school admission appeal panel member you can obtain further details and an application form by contacting Julia Cleary on 01902 555046 or by e mailing Julie Izon-Williams on


Closing date: 30 September 2020


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