Join the Schools Independent Appeals Panel
Published Friday 26th October 12 in Council - news and information releases news
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is looking for volunteers to sit on the Southend Schools Independent Appeals Panel for school admissions and exclusions.
A number of schools in the Borough are so popular that parents are occasionally unable to enrol their children in them because they are over-subscribed.
In these circumstances some parents may decide to lodge an appeal which is heard by an independent appeals panel.
The same panel is also convened when parents decide to appeal against a school's decision to permanently exclude their child.
The Council has a pool of members who make up the appeals panel and three are chosen at random to hear each case.
The pool consists of a mixture of members, some of whom have experience of working in the local education system and others who are lay members.
It is lay members with no formal experience of working in education who are particularly being sought by the Council.
Admissions appeals relating to both primary and secondary schools are usually held between April and July.
However, the panel may be required to convene in order to consider admission and exclusion appeals at other times of the year when necessary.
Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, James Courtenay, said: "The Council is looking for impartial, confident and decisive people to join the panel.
"We want people who are keen to do their bit for the local community and joining the panel can be a rewarding experience for anyone interested in education who is free during the day.
"Full training will be given to new panel members and reasonable travelling and subsistence expenses will be paid."
Anyone interested in becoming a panel member should contact Colin Gamble, Group Manager for Democratic Services, on 01702-534820 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, application forms can be downloaded from the Council's website at www.southend.gov.uk/siap
Appointments will be made following informal interviews. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th December, 2012.