Hours of work: Voluntary role, hours to be discussed.
Working pattern: We have usually no more than 5 to 6 hearings a year (with a hearing lasting no more than 1 day).
Closing date: Sunday 13 December 2020
For an informal discussion, please contact Hannah Matthews - School Appeals Manager on 01273 335138.
About the role
Are you interested in children’s education?
If so, East Sussex County Council is seeking volunteers to sit on Independent Review Panels (IRPs) who upon request review a Governing Board’s decision to permanently exclude a pupil.
We are seeking volunteers who represent one of the following three categories:
- A lay member to chair the panel who has not worked in any school in a paid capacity, disregarding any experience as a school governor or volunteer;
- Current or former school governors (including members of PRU management committees and directors of academy trusts) who have served as a governor for at least 12 consecutive months in the last five years, provided they have not been teachers or head teachers during that time;
- Head teachers or individuals who have been a head teacher within the last five years.
What would be my role?
Your primary role as a panel member would be to:
- read the case papers in advance of the review hearing;
- actively participate in the hearing process; and
- help determine the outcome of the exclusion review request.
The Independent Panel member
You should be sensitive to the concerns of parents/carers and to the circumstances of the excluded pupil, including the circumstances in which the pupil was excluded, and have regard to the interests of other pupils and people working at the school. You will also need to be a good listener and have the ability to be objective and act impartially.
We will provide you with training on the legal framework of the independent review process and local procedures. Service is voluntary, but you will be paid out of pocket expenses.
If you are interested in serving the community in this way and would like an application form and further details sent to you, please contact Hannah Matthews, East Sussex School Appeals Service via:
If you would like to have an informal discussion about the above role, you are welcome to call Miss Matthews on: 01273 335138.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.