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Volunteers sought to become School Appeals Panel Members

1:12 pm, Monday, 6th November 2023 - 4 months ago

Children and families

ENQUIRING minds are being sought to help decide on school admission appeals in North East Lincolnshire.

When a child misses out on a place at their preferred school, or they want to change school but their application is refused, their parents or carers have a right to appeal the decision. The panel hears a case from both the school and the parent before making a balanced and rational decision.

The role is voluntary, with reimbursement for reasonable travel and lunch expenses. New panel members will have all the necessary training and support to be able to fulfil this responsibility, and have the opportunity to exercise  their skills and meet likeminded people along the way.

There are no set requirements for minimum availability, and the role can work around existing commitments. The average panel member participates in 10-15 hearing dates a year.

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for children and education, said:

“Not all children get a place at their preferred school, and when that happens it’s important that there is an independent body able to consider those appeals and make balanced judgements.

“We’re looking for someone with good listening skills, an eye for detail and an ability to make considered and balanced decisions.

“If you’re interested, and you have some time to spare, I’d encourage you to get in touch.”

To find out more, visit: www.nelincs.gov.uk/volunteering-opportunities, email: [email protected] or call: 01472 324011.

Employees of the local authority are not eligible to apply.

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