To consider, in accordance with Surrey County Council policy and procedures, any appeal against:
a decision to dismiss a member of staff
a decision short of dismissal under the governing body’s personnel procedures, including disciplinary, grievance, capability
selection for redundancy
a decision made by the Pay Committee
The Governing Body will annually appoint, from its members, an Appeals Panel with the delegated powers described in the following terms of reference
The Appeals Panel will consist of:
Three governors or
In exceptional circumstances, two governors and an agreed representative of the governing body, approved by the Full Governing Body
The headteacher, the chair of governors, any staff governor and any governor currently a member of the Headteacher Appraisal Committee are not eligible for membership
No governor, or representative, who has had prior involvement in the case that is the subject of an appeal may be included on the panel
Three members of the panel
A meeting may be held if it is inquorate, but no votes can be taken or decisions made
The Appeals Panel has delegated responsibility for:
Ensuring that the appeal process is objective and impartial
Considering all the relevant documents and facts
Seeking expert advice where necessary
Ensuring that the member of staff is aware that they may be accompanied at the appeal hearing by a recognised association/union representative or workplace colleague and shall be afforded the fullest opportunity to state the grounds for his/her appeal and to question any evidence presented during the appeal
Ensuring that where a member of staff has exercised the right of appeal, the action proposed at the disciplinary hearing is not put into effect until the appeal has been heard by the Appeals Panel
Confirming or amending the decision of the disciplinary hearing
Ensuring that the steps taken in reaching a decision are clear and transparent
Keeping meticulous records of the proceedings
Meetings will be held as needed
Notice of the appeal, outlining as fully as possible the grounds on which the appeal is being made, should be sent in writing to the clerk of the governing body
The clerk to the governing body shall convene a meeting of the Appeals Panel as soon as is practicable
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