This step-by-step guide covers the process of an independent review panel hearing, from arriving at the venue to undertaking advocacy.
The steps in this guide
- Before arriving at the venue for the hearing
There are steps to take before the hearing to ensure things run smoothly on the day.
- Arriving at the venue for the hearing
It is considered best practice for the school to hold the independent review panel at a venue that is not connected with the excluding school.
- Meeting with the family you are supporting
Meeting with the family in advance can help you reassure them and plan your approach.
- Ensuring fair process at the hearing
It is key that the governing board hearing comply with the principle of fairness.
- Presenting arguments at the hearing
Advocating effectively is key to delivering a strong challenge.
When to use this guide
Use this guide if you are attending an independent review panel with a family or supporting a family in attending an independent review panel.
If you want more information on the theory and practice that inform the steps in this guide, see the Quick Guide: Independent review panels