Occasionally governors must consider appeals against school decisions and actions. This is a challenging task and if done badly could expose the school to further action. This course will give both governors and clerks confidence that governors’ hearings are properly conducted and conform to the principles of natural justice and school policies. It will also help avoid legal challenges to decisions. All governing bodies should have at least one governor who understands the role of governors at hearings.
Governing bodies and headteachers must follow guidance issued by the Secretary of State when making decisions on exclusion from school and administering the exclusion procedure, which includes:
- the grounds for exclusion and the decision to exclude
- lunchtime, fixed period and permanent exclusion
- exclusion and particular issues – SEN pupils; disabled pupils
- procedures following permanent exclusion
- reviewing exclusions – the role of the governing body
- appealing against permanent exclusion – the law and guidance
- procedure at meetings of the Discipline Committee of the governing body
By the end of this session participants will know how to ensure that justice is done and seen to be done in relation to a panel’s procedures, deliberations and communications to all parties. Issues covered include:
- the role of the clerk and chair
- convening a panel –membership and remit
- pre-meeting preparation and correspondence
- the hearing - panel procedures, evidence and skills required to ensure a fair hearing
- ensuring a good record of the meeting and appropriate follow up correspondence
If you would like a place on this course, please contact your school office.
All governors, but especially those who are likely to be called on to sit on governor panels for, exclusions, parental complaints or staff disciplinary/pay appeals.