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Casual School Admission Appeal Clerk

Hours of work: hours vary depending on the individual circumstances of each hearing. Typically, a Clerk might spend 4 hours preparing for a hearing, a full day at an appeal hearing and then 4 hours post-hearing preparing decision letters.

Working pattern: For most of the year clerks are asked to service hearings on ad hoc basis and so might clerk one or two hearings every 6-8 weeks.  However, between the end of April and the end of July the number of hearings greatly increases.   During this period clerks might be asked to service a hearing session for an individual school which lasts for a number of days (with the longest session usually being up to 5 days). 

Closing date: Sunday 11 December
Interview date: Thursday 15 December

For an informal discussion, please contact Hannah Matthews, School Appeals Manager on 01273 335138.

The role of a school admission appeal clerk is both challenging and rewarding. It’s a role that involves providing professional advice in school appeal hearings and producing reports which summarize the decisions of Independent Appeal Panels (IAPs).

The issues put before Panels are often complex and sensitive. We are therefore looking for someone who not only has good analytical skills, but also someone who has empathy, is naturally tactful and is an excellent communicator.

In recognition of the challenging nature of the role, clerks are paid a competitive hourly rate. Clerks work on a casual, demand-led basis, with days of work agreed by mutual consent.

A Clerk’s work typically involves the following three stages:

  • Preparation: about a week in advance of the hearing clerks receive copies of the case-papers and are asked to review the papers in preparation for the hearing.
  • Hearing Attendance: clerks play an active role at the hearing by providing support and guidance to all the participants in the process. This includes the appellants, the admission authority representative and the Independent Appeal Panel. Clerks help ensure the hearing is conducted in a fair and efficient manner and in accordance with statutory guidance.  Clerks must ensure an accurate and detailed record of the proceedings is produced.   
  • Post-hearing work: once the IAP have made its decisions, clerks have the primary role of drafting the wording for the resultant appeal decision letters.  Clerks are also required to assist by responding to post-hearing queries and complaints.

Other duties include attending team meetings and participating in briefing sessions.

We are looking to recruit two appeal clerks who will work at venues across East Sussex, but who would also need to be able to work from home. We estimate a clerk might work between 10 to 25 days a year.  Although it should be noted that the busiest time of year is between April and July. During this period, we need individuals who can commit to sometimes working up to five consecutive days (usually no more than two times a year).

Appeal hearings take place both remotely, and in person. We are therefore looking for someone who would be prepared to clerk hearings in both formats. 

If you would like to know more about this role, please call Hannah Matthews, School Appeals Manager, on 01273 335138 for an informal discussion. The deadline for applications is Sunday 11 December 2022, with interviews taking place on Thursday 15 December 2022.


Additional Information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.

Equal Opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

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  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/29878/28956

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Countywide

  • Salary
  • £23.57 - £25.77 per hour

  • Closing date
  • 11/12/2022

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council

  • Department
  • Governance Services

  • Contract type
  • Casual

  • Work pattern
  • Casual

  • Hours
  • Casual Claims

  • Job type
  • Democratic Services