School admission appeals panel

We have recently completed our recruitment round for admission panel members.

However, if you would like us to keep your details on file, please submit an application and we will contact you when a position becomes available.

Admission appeal panel member work profile

Skills

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good literacy and listening skills.
  • Familiar with the principles of natural justice.
  • Appreciation of each individual’s differing circumstances and backgrounds.
  • Able to remain firm and calm.
  • Have sound judgement.
  • Integrity.
  • Fairness.
  • Courtesy.
  • Tolerance.
  • Decisiveness.
  • Ability to work with other Panel members.

Requirements

  • To ensure you are kept up-to-date by attending training events and by reading briefing papers.
  • To be conversant and act in accordance with the DfECodes for School Admissions and School Admission Appeals.
  • To have regard to the “Best practice Guidance on School Admission Appeals” which is produced by the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (AJTC) in association with the National Association of School Appeal Clerks.
  • To act within the law as amended when hearing appeals and making decisions.
  • To adhere to the law and Hertfordshire County Council's policies on confidentiality, data protection and equal opportunities.
  • To ensure that the rules of natural justice are adhered to throughout.

Person specification

Lay members

These are members without personal experience in the management or the provision of education in any school (except as a school governor or in another voluntary capacity).

Experience in Education members

Those who have experience within education, are acquainted with educational conditions in the local authority area, or who are parents of registered pupils at school.

Eligibility

A person may not serve as a member of an appeal panel if they are:

a) a member of the local authority, which is the admission authority or in whose area the school in question is located;

b) a member or former member of the governing body of the school in question;

c) a person employed by the local authority or governing body of the school in question, other than as a teacher or as a teaching assistant;

d) a person who has, or at any time has had, any connection with the authority, school or any person in sub-paragraph c) above which might reasonably be taken to raise doubts about that person’s ability to act impartially;

e) a person who has not attended training required by the admission authority or persons arranging the appeal panel on their behalf.

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What will I be doing?

  • Sit on independent admission panels for the benefit of children, parents, schools and academies.
  • Ensure that parents feel they have had a fair and independent hearing and been given every opportunity to put their case and that the points they have made have been taken seriously and carefully considered.
  • Help parents feel that their appeal has been handled competently, fairly, and within the law.
  • Follow a two-stage decision making process for all admission appeals.
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How much time do I need to give?

The amount of time needed for this work varies depending on the level of commitment you wish to give.

Appeals take place all year round, although the peak months are between May and July. Each appeal hearing lasts around 40 minutes. Appeals are usually grouped together to create a full day of hearings starting at 9am and finishing at approximately 5pm.

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Where will I be located?

Hearings should be held in a place that is reasonably accessible for parents, so the venue will normally be in the locality of the school that is the subject of the appeal.

Please note that you will be required to travel to appeal venues and training events by your own transport.

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What support will I be given?

Full training will be provided before you are appointed to an appeal panel.

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Will I receive expenses?

This is voluntary work but members are entitled to claim for their travelling expenses, the cost of their lunch and in some instances loss of earnings.

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How do I find out more?

Apply now, read our information document below or contact us:

 

Email: school.appeals@hertfordshire.gov.uk

or

Phone: 01992 588548

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