Chance to get involved in schools admissions policy

Education: Secondary / Tue 14th Oct 2014 at 10:26am

ESSEX County Council is looking for new School Admissions Appeal Panel members – a crucial role in ensuring a fair admission process.

Cabinet member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Cllr Ray Gooding said: “This is a great opportunity to be part of something that can make such a difference in a child’s life. This process is crucial in ensuring that children in Essex get the right school for them and the best start in their educational life.”

At present, if a parent is refused a place at their preferred school for their child they can appeal to an independent panel. The panel will consider the school’s case, the parent’s case, and the reasons why the admission authority refused the child a place, and will then decide whether to allow or refuse the parent’s appeal. School Admissions Appeal Panel members play a crucial role in this.

Each hearing includes a number of appeals for consideration and determination and each panel will compromise of chairperson, a member with experience of education (this may be a former teacher, someone acquainted with educational conditions in the area or a parent of a registered pupil at an Essex school) and a lay member (a person without experience in education).

All new members are given extensive training and will attend at least one hearing as an observer before sitting as a panel member. Appeals are heard during school term times only and will not normally start before 9.30am and a number of venues across Essex are used.

Anyone wishing to apply and for like further information please contact Graham Redgwell, School Appeals Team Manager, on 01245 430360 or email [email protected]

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