No appeal in panel system

25th February 2000 at 00:00
MY education authority is looking for teachers in our area to go on an education panel, hearing admission and exclusion appeals. The panels are made up of lay people, governors and teachers and make binding decisions.

If I leave my teaching post to be on the panel, no money is paid to the school for my absence.

I interpret this to mean that the authority is indicating that the panel is more important than y pupils, since they would have to allow a colleague of mine, probably a non-specialist, to cover my lessons.

In addition, colleagues, who have not chosen to go on the panel, would be with my classes in their non-contact time.

How do they expect primary schools to cover classes in order to release teachers for this purpose?

Jane Palmer. The Roundabout. Roundabout Lane. Wokingham, Berkshire.

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