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Volunteers needed for Wirral schools appeal panels

Volunteers are needed to help decide on appeals for school places in Wirral.

The Independent School Appeals Panel hears appeals by parents/carers against decisions about the schools at which their children will be educated. 

Two types of volunteers are needed: they are “lay persons” and “panel members”. 

Lay persons are people without any personal experience in the management of a school, apart from as a governor or in a voluntary capacity. Panel members are those who have experience in education, who are familiar with educational conditions in the local authority area, or who are parents of registered pupils at school.  

The Panels also hear appeals against school exclusions, and applications for these are particularly welcomed from current or recently retired Headteachers. We also need Members of School Governing Bodies.  

The panels hear cases involving both primary and secondary schools including Catholic and Church of England Voluntary Aided Schools and on behalf of some Academies. 

Training is provided for volunteers. Under normal circumstances tea and coffee is available during meetings and lunch is also provided free of charge when attending for a full day. Currently, due to the pandemic, the meetings are being held virtually through Microsoft Teams and again training is provided. 

Members with flexible availability are needed, however during busy periods (between May and July) we would require Members who are available for up to a working week at a time.  

If you are interested in becoming a part of this valued service, please telephone either Anne Beauchamp/Pat Phillips or Victoria Simpson on 691 8271/8488 or 8608 for further information and an application form.