Wolverhampton City Council is seeking fair-minded, objective and unbiased people who are interested in education matters to join the city's independent Education Appeal Panels.

Constituted under the School Admissions (Appeal Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, the panels hear and determine appeals about admission to and exclusion from primary and secondary schools in Wolverhampton. The appeal panel meetings are held weekdays normally in the Civic Centre in Wolverhampton.

The panel is comprised of a chair and at least two other panel members. A panel must consist of the following persons with at least one from each category:

a)    lay people (someone without personal experience in the management of any school or provision of education in any school [except as a school governor or in any voluntary capacity])

b)    people who have experience in education who are acquainted with educational conditions in the local authority area, or who are parents of registered pupils at school.

The work is voluntary and unpaid, although travelling expenses are met and lunch provided.

The majority of appeals are heard between March and July, but increasingly appeals are also heard throughout the year due to in year transfers.

Everyone appointed will be given guidance and training by local authority officers so that they can understand the procedures which are followed and the way in which appeal panels must reach their decisions.

To find out more about the work of the appeals panel call Democratic Support Team on 01902 555046.

To apply to serve as a member of the education appeal panels, please go to www.wmjobs.co.uk