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Volunteers wanted for School Appeals Panel

10:24 am, Monday, 26th February 2024 - 2 months ago


Not all children get a place at their preferred school so it is important that there is an independent body to consider appeals and make balanced judgements.

North East Lincolnshire Council is seeking volunteers to become School Appeals Panel members to hear cases from both the school and the parents or carers before making those decisions.

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 like-minded 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: “It is really important that families have an appeals process if their school application is turned down.

“The School Appeals Panel exists for this reason and we are 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, please get in touch as this is a very worthwhile role.”

To find out more, visit:, email: [email protected] or call: 01472 324011.

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