How to: run an effective admissions appeal panel

How to: run an effective admissions appeal panel

Module at a glance:
How to: run an effective admissions appeal panel

Completing this module will give you a clear understanding of how an effective appeal panel should be run and you will:

  • Be aware of the regulatory framework and supporting guidance
  • Know the statutory timelines, process and conduct for panel hearings
  • Understand what is expected of the clerk, chair, panel members and presenting officer
  • Appreciate how to properly constitute the appeal panel
  • Understand how the panel meeting is to be conducted
  • Be able to apply the decision-making process
  • Know the steps to be taken following the decision
Study time: Approximately 45 mins

Involvement as a clerk, panel member or chair in an admissions appeal can be challenging work. A refusal of a place at a first-choice school will often and understandably prompt parents and their children to challenge using the right of appeal but there may be justifiable reasons for the refusal.

Adjudicating an appeal requires an understanding of the law and practice of admissions and appeals as well as the roles of those involved and the law expects that those who do to have received suitable training.

Using a step-by-step walk-through approach and a case study of an appeal that requires application of the 2-stage decision process, this module provides an introduction as to how panel members, panel chairs and clerks can fulfill their roles effectively. It also highlights where further study may be needed and provides useful examples of questions to ask and templates to use.

Our subject matter expertise

The content of this module has been written by our in-house subject matter experts:

Claire MitchellClaire Mitchell – NGA Consultant

Claire is an NGA consultant, delivers sessions for NGA Training, and facilitates on the NGA Leading Governance development programmes for chairs and clerks.

Claire has over a decade of experience within education and skills and has held a number of senior leadership roles within education, including managing ESFA funded learning provision in excess of £10million for 150+ education and skills providers. Claire also has experience as a designated safeguarding lead.

Claire is passionate about supporting trustees and governors in their volunteer roles, and has a wealth of experience working in academy and maintained school settings.

Paul Aber – Head of Training Development

Paul AberPaul leads and manages NGA’s face to face training, e-learning and funded development programmes for schools and academies.  This includes working alongside NGA's Head of Consultancy recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers.

Prior to joining NGA, Paul was centre director at the University of Law in York where his role included strategic planning and quality assurance.

Paul has many years’ experience of governance including maintained schools and academy trusts.

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