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Training Seminars for Independent Admission Appeals

ISCG directors have been providing seminars for members of appeals panels and their clerks since 1985, both for Local Authorities and for Diocesan Boards of Education and schools which are their own admission authorities. It is a statutory requirement for panel members and clerks to be trained. ISCG also trains presenting officers and admission officers. The regulations and Codes on School Admissions and Admission Appeals have implications for anyone dealing with admissions.

The aim of each session is to
  • explain the law relating to appeals, including recent changes
  • establish the independence of statutory appeal panels
  • help those hearing appeals to take fair and consistent decisions
Content
After a talk on the law, the programme normally includes an analysis of an appeal and then exercises concentrating on different aspects, for instance: gathering information, assessing evidence, reaching decisions, multiple appeals, appeals for selective schools or infant class size appeals. Special group exercises for chairs or clerks or new panel members are available. This work is reinforced by comments, discussion and guidance from experienced practitioners. Up-to-date reference material is always provided.
We can arrange a day for both Admissions and Exclusions, one in the morning and one after lunch.

A typical programme for a day:
9.50 Welcome and Introduction
10.00 Presentation on the law and recent changes with questions
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 Analysis of an Appeal with structured discussion
12.45 Lunch
2.00 Small group sessions designed to suit the participants' needs, for example, chairing the hearing or clerking it and discussing case studies which focus on infant class size appeals or multiple appeals or selective school appeals.
3.30 Plenary. Outstanding questions and points that have arisen.
4.00 Evaluation

'A very valuable and enjoyable day.'
'More comprehensive than other courses I have attended.'

Costs
One Day Courses, up to 6 hours
one tutor with 15 or fewer participants    £500
from 16 to 30 participants with two tutors    £800
Half day courses, maximum 3 hours,
one tutor with up to 15 participants    £300
from 16 to 30 participants with two tutors    £550

Larger courses with more participants will be charged pro rata.
We also charge for any additional materials and extra preparation time if this is required, and for ISCG travel and expenses at cost. The venue is usually provided by the school or local authority.
Please ring or email ISCG to discuss arranging a seminar.