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Moray Council seeks new members for School Placings and Exclusions Appeal Committee

The Committee considers appeals against the refusal of school placing requests or against exclusion from schools, as required by the Education (Scotland) Act 1980.

The Committee can meet several times a year, dependent on need. The Committee is made up of one lay member and two Councillors. However, having a pool of both lay members and Councillors means any new lay member of the committee may only be required to take part in one or two committees each year.

A lay member can be someone who is either the parent of children of school age; someone with experience in education; or someone acquainted with the educational conditions in Moray. 

Anyone interested in joining this crucial process in the education system should draft a personal statement. This should give background information about themselves and how they feel they meet the above condition(s) and their interest in becoming a member of the committee. This can be sent to Tracey Sutherland at

Part of the work of the committee may involve interaction with children, any interested party is advised that a check through the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme is required.

Members receive initial training sessions to cover the legal requirements of making decisions at the meetings, and observe a committee session prior to taking part. A programme of refresher training is also offered as required.

This is a voluntary position and the appeals are currently being held remotely.

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