Overview

Become an Volunteer Independent Review Panel Member

Are you interested in taking an active role in your community?

Are you interested in Local Education and would you like to get involved?

Do you have the skills needed to be an impartial panel member?

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join us as Volunteer Panel Members, providing impartial decisions and sitting on Independent Review Panels for Permanent Exclusions from a school.

Independent Review Panel for Permanent Exclusions

What are they?

The purpose of an independent review panel is to review the governing body’s decision not to reinstate a permanently excluded pupil.

What will I do?

The panel must consider the legal powers of the head teacher and governing body to exclude a pupil, along with all other circumstances of the case, to conclude whether to uphold the permanent exclusion or to recommend or direct that the child be readmitted to the school.

The panel must make their decision within the parameters of a legal framework and a clerk will be available to the panel to offer legal advice and guidance.

Key Information

These panels must sit as a minimum of three and must be independent of the Local Authority, the school and the parents. We are looking for panel member representatives from the below categories:

-A Governor (who has at least 12 months experience and has acted in this role within the last 5 years)

-A Head Teacher (who has acted within this capacity in the last 5 years)

We are looking for panel members who are excellent communicators, good listeners, and can act with honesty, integrity, and reliability.

Hearings can take place across the county and throughout the academic year, and the time required can vary, but they can take either a half-day or a full day, depending on circumstances and complexity of the exclusions.

What can we offer you?

This is a fantastic opportunity to play an active role in an essential decision making process for our Education System.

Sitting as a panel member is a great way to develop your interpersonal skills, decision making and leadership skills.

Full training is provided, given by the Cumbria County Council Legal services team, and is updated/refreshed every 2 years.

This is a volunteer role, and all travel and parking expenses will be paid.

Tea and coffee will be available with food being provided at full day hearings.

Please note: County Council Members and employees are unable to sit on these panels.

If you would like to volunteer to be a panel member, or would like further information, please contact the School Admissions Appeals Team at [email protected]

Become an Volunteer Independent Review Panel Member

Are you interested in taking an active role in your community?

Are you interested in Local Education and would you like to get involved?

Do you have the skills needed to be an impartial panel member?

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join us as Volunteer Panel Members, providing impartial decisions and sitting on Independent Review Panels for Permanent Exclusions from a school.

Independent Review Panel for Permanent Exclusions

What are they?

The purpose of an independent review panel is to review the governing body’s decision not to reinstate a permanently excluded pupil.

What will I do?

The panel must consider the legal powers of the head teacher and governing body to exclude a pupil, along with all other circumstances of the case, to conclude whether to uphold the permanent exclusion or to recommend or direct that the child be readmitted to the school.

The panel must make their decision within the parameters of a legal framework and a clerk will be available to the panel to offer legal advice and guidance.

Key Information

These panels must sit as a minimum of three and must be independent of the Local Authority, the school and the parents. We are looking for panel member representatives from the below categories:

-A Governor (who has at least 12 months experience and has acted in this role within the last 5 years)

-A Head Teacher (who has acted within this capacity in the last 5 years)

We are looking for panel members who are excellent communicators, good listeners, and can act with honesty, integrity, and reliability.

Hearings can take place across the county and throughout the academic year, and the time required can vary, but they can take either a half-day or a full day, depending on circumstances and complexity of the exclusions.

What can we offer you?

This is a fantastic opportunity to play an active role in an essential decision making process for our Education System.

Sitting as a panel member is a great way to develop your interpersonal skills, decision making and leadership skills.

Full training is provided, given by the Cumbria County Council Legal services team, and is updated/refreshed every 2 years.

This is a volunteer role, and all travel and parking expenses will be paid.

Tea and coffee will be available with food being provided at full day hearings.

Please note: County Council Members and employees are unable to sit on these panels.

If you would like to volunteer to be a panel member, or would like further information, please contact the School Admissions Appeals Team at [email protected]