Questions of independence

10th May 1996 at 01:00
Your report about the excluded pupil, Richard Wilding, (TES, 26 April) says that the appeals committee is independent.

Is it elected? If so, are we permitted to know who votes it into office?

Is it appointed? If so, are we permitted to learn who chooses its members?

I assume that its members deliberated on the matter of the exclusion before reaching their decision. Are we permitted to know by what criteria they decided to overrule the staff, the head, the governors and the local education authority?

Were minutes taken of the meeting and will these be made available to taxpayers?

GORDON PEMBERTON 25 Hunters Rise Pogmoor Barnsley South Yorkshire

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today