As many Forum members will have realised, the bad weather has meant that quite a number of appeals have been postponed.
Firstly, on behalf of all Forum members, I would like to thank the Appeals team at County Hall for the immense amount of hard work that is going into trying to reschedule the appeals and reissue all the paperwork. It has become a mountainous task to try to schedule every appeal before 1st March.
Secondly, all parents appealing should be very grateful to panel members. Those who are able to get to the various appeal venues are fitting in extra hearings each day and they are also going to hear cases on Saturday mornings in order to cope with the backlog. They are all volunteers and give up their time freely to do this thankless task.
Now a request! Please, please do not bombard the Appeals office with telephone calls about anything, especially the rescheduling of appeals! Every phone call you make is preventing them from getting on with the job in hand, which is rescheduling the appeals! It is rapidly becoming a downward spiral. You will receive a letter confirming your new hearing date, so please be patient.
The barrage of phone calls, plus the huge workload, may also mean delays in issuing appeal results letters to parents, and I am sure that no one wishes to see that happen.
Take pity on the Appeals team â€“ donâ€™t pick up the phone unless you absolutely have to!