Members of the public are being sought to join Wrexham’s Education Appeals Panel.
The panel is an independent body set up to consider appeals by parents against decisions made by the Education Authority/school Governing Body. The Panel includes people with a wide range of backgrounds. Their work involves hearing appeals relating to either a decision not to admit a child to a particular school or a decision not to reinstate a child who has been permanently excluded from a school.
The panel sits all year round with Appeals being held as and when required. Insofar as admission appeals are concerned, the majority are heard between May and July.
Each panel is made up of three to five members, drawn from a pool. Each individual appeal usually lasts about half an hour and it is normal for several appeals to be heard by the same panel.
Full training is provided for new members of the panel and the Clerk is always available to give advice.
The work is unpaid but travel expenses are reimbursed and refreshments are provided.
To ensure the Education Appeals Panel is independent and unbiased, some people are not eligible to become members - such as employees of the Local Education Authority (Wrexham County Borough Council).
If you are interested in joining the panel please contact Ffion Williams, Legal and Democratic Services, Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY.
You can also contact Ffion on (01978) 292228
or email : EducationAppealsPanel@wrexham.gov.uk.
Closing date for applications is the 14th February 2011.
Education Appeals Panel Application Form
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