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Statutory School Appeals Clerk

Employer
Essex County Council
Location
England, Essex, Chelmsford
Salary
£26312.6 - £30956 per annum + pro rata or equal to £16.05 per hour
Closing date
9 Mar 2024

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Job role
Officer
Contract Type
Part Time

Statutory School Appeals Clerk

Permanent, Part Time

Up to £30,956 per annum or £16.05 per hour

Location: Essex

Please note that this opportunity is being offered as a As and When contract (3 hours guaranteed per year), with an opt in opportunity for additional hours.

The role is 100% flexible. You can choose to work as many hours as you like, up to 37 hours per week, all of which are worked on a fully remote basis, apart from training courses which take place in our Chelmsford offices annually.

Appeal Hearings are held Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, during term time only, and you will be expected to attend hearings (via zoom) that are allocated to you, inline with the opted in availability that you have given, during these times, but decision letters and administration can be undertaken at any time.

The Role:

To clerk admission appeal panels for Essex County Council School Appeals Service on an as and when basis.

The Opportunity

The role is to provide comprehensive administrative support as an independent clerk supporting admission appeal panel hearings for Essex County Council School Appeals Service.

The role is to provide an independent source of advice to all parties, on procedure, on both the School Admissions and School Admission Appeals Codes and on the law on school admissions, ensuring that the appeal is heard fairly and impartially and that the rules of natural justice are followed.

The role is responsible for supporting appeal panels dealing with parents / carers appeals against decisions refusing admission to schools. The post holder will be required to possess a good working knowledge of the Department for Education (DfE) Codes for School Admissions and Appeals, current law and relevant guidance as well as any local guidance issued by the Service as well as good communication skills.

Accountabilities

  • To attend Education Appeal Panel Meetings held via Zoom.
  • To provide Appeal Panel members with independent advice on procedure, all the relevant legislation, and the DfE Codes.
  • To advise on the procedures and how the panel will make its decisions and deal with any questions they may have.
  • To order the business at an appeal hearing, ensuring that the hearing is fair, in accordance with legislation and the rules of natural justice.
  • To make any reasonable adjustments during the appeal hearing to ensure that any person involved in the appeal hearing who is disabled (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 - as amended) can take a full and active part in the process.
  • To ensure that parents have had a fair and independent hearing and both parties have been given every opportunity to put their case and that decisions are made within the law and based on the information before the panels after careful consideration.
  • To produce an accurate record of the proceedings of the appeal hearing including the decisions and the detailed reasons for them along with writing the decision letters.
  • Assisting, as appropriate, with any challenges to panel decisions via the Local Government Ombudsman, Education Funding Agency or High Court.

The Experience You Will Bring

Essential:

  • Knowledge of and ability to use computing packages, especially word processing and email.
  • High standards of written and spoken English.
  • Experience of clerking meetings or minute/note taking at meetings.
  • Experience of working unsupervised.

Desirable:

  • Good standard of education or relevant demonstrable experience of school appeals practice and procedures
  • Experience of providing guidance and advice to a decision-making body.

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