Independent school appeals panel members needed


Plymouth City Council is looking for people who would like to serve as members of the Independent School Appeals Panel.

The panel considers decisions made not to admit a child into a school or to exclude a child from a school. They look at evidence presented to them by schools and parents and decides whether the individual circumstances of the family merit overturning the decision of the Council or school governors.

Appeal panels can meet a range of different times ranging from a few hours to all day and most meetings take place in the spring and early summer when places for children starting primary school or moving on to secondary school are allocated.

Senior Panel Advisor Ross Jago said: “We are looking for a range of different  panel members with and without experience in education, parents of children in school, retired teachers, governors or those with no education connection at all. Our panel members feel they make a real difference and play a vital role in the education system in offering an impartial service to the community.”

Service on the appeal panel is voluntary, however, members can claim travel expenses and will be provided with refreshments on panel days.

Email school.appeals@plymouth.gov.uk for an application pack or write to School Appeals Panel, c/o Chief Executive’s Department, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ.

Interviews will take place in February 2017 and all successful candidates will then expected to attend a training session.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 27 January.