The City of Wolverhampton Council is appealing for volunteers to join its Independent Education Appeal Panel, which hears appeals from parents who have been refused a place for their child at their preferred school, and reviews decisions around the exclusion of pupils.

Full training will be provided with an accredited provider and including the opportunity to observe a hearing. Although the role is voluntary, panel members can claim for expenses. 

Brenda Wile, the council's Deputy Director of Education, said: "As a panel member, you will read the case papers in advance of the hearing, actively participate in the appeal hearing and decide whether to uphold or dismiss the appeal.

"We are looking for people from all walks of life with different experiences and skills who reflect our wonderfully diverse city and ensure that our panel is inclusive and representative. 

“In particular, we welcome applications from students, graduates, retired professionals or professionals looking to retire soon so, if you want to make a real difference in the lives of the children and young people of Wolverhampton, please get in touch."
Anyone interested in the role can find further information about the role and apply directly via Apply to become Voluntary School Appeal Panel Member.