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By warmyinwilts | Thursday, February 23, 2012, 07:14

Local residents are being given the chance to apply for the important role of an education appeal panel member for school admissions and exclusions in Wiltshire.

Education appeal panels hear appeals against decisions by Wiltshire Council to refuse admission of a child to a school of the parents' choice. They also hear appeals against decisions by a school's governing body not to allow a pupil back to school following permanent exclusion.

Admission education appeal panels must be made up of a minimum of three members. They must include at least one lay member- a person without personal experience in the management of any school or provision of education in any school, except as a school governor or in another voluntary capacity. It also has to include a member who has experience in education, who is acquainted with educational conditions in the local area, or who is the parent of registered pupils at school.

Exclusion education appeal panels must also be made up of a minimum of three members and must include a lay member, who must chair the hearing, a governor and a head teacher.

Full training and support is provided and potential panel members are encouraged initially to attend a panel hearing as an observer.

Appeal panel meetings are generally held between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. On occasions appeal panels have to sit for more than one day.

While no remuneration is payable to education appeal panel lay members, claims can be made for the reimbursement of loss of earnings, travelling expenses and subsistence in accordance with an approved scheme.

To apply or to obtain further information about the role of appeal panels and the responsibilities of panel members please contact Roger Bishton on 01225 713035 or Alternatively contact Marie Gondlach on 01225 713597 or



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