School appeals set to be held remotely
Independent appeals for Dudley school places are set to be dealt with by virtual or remote hearings, under new Government Regulations coming into force on April 24.
Dudley Council is currently working on plans to offer parents the options of taking part in telephone or video conferences or written-based appeals.
Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children and young people, said:
I’m pleased more than 96 per cent of parents have been allocated their preferred choices of school places, however I appreciate this is an uncertain time for others who are pursuing appeals.
In view of the current restrictions, it is not possible for us to have face-to-face appeal hearings, but these new Government regulations give us the flexibility to hold them remotely.
We want to ensure all families are supported and not disadvantaged by the new rules. All parents will be contacted about how their appeals can be conducted.
This is a completely new way of working for all of us and we appreciate everyone’s understanding, patience and co-operation under these difficult circumstances.
Our officers are working very hard to make sure that independent panel hearings are dealt with fairly, impartially and in the most efficient way possible.”
Anyone wishing to discuss the appeal panel arrangements should contact democratic services on 01384 815238 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org