1. Requesting the minutes from the independent review panel hearing

After the IRP, if the panel have either recommended reconsideration One of the findings the IRPs can make. The effect is to send the decision back to the governors to consider again. There is no penalty if the governors come to the same decision again and uphold the exclusion. of the exclusion, or quashed and directed reconsideration of it, it will be sent back to the governors who will have to reconsider the exclusion within 10 school days of being informed of the IRP’s decision.

It will be best to take some steps to follow up with the clerk and make sure you have an agreed record of what was said in the hearing.

IRP minutes are rarely a comprehensive transcript. In order to evidence what was said, it will be helpful to either get the minutes amended with your corrections or at least have a record of your objections with reference to notes made contemporaneously so that you can rely on them later.

You can request and amend the minutes by following these three steps:

  1. Write to the IRP’s clerk to request a copy of the minutes. Consider using the Suggested Wording: Requesting the Minutes of the Independent Review Panel.
  2. Review the minutes and check them against your notes. Amend the minutes with important missing information, or to correct important errors. 
  3. Write to the clerk requesting that the corrections be reviewed, and the minutes updated. Consider using the Suggested Wording: Requesting Amendments to the Minutes of the Independent Review Panel.

Once you have obtained to the minutes of the IRP, and requested any necessary changes, click next to continue to the next step.

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