Thank you Etienne but why if the Chair of the panel is recording all the information and the Clerk taking the minutes does this need to happen.
My personal notes, while being taken at the same time as the clerks notes, will highlight what I think are the important points in the case & remind me of the parents. Other panel members will have made notes of what they think is important. The appeal is decided by how that panel feels about that appeal, not on what the clerk has noted down. It's clear to me, having heard them, that there are some appeals that I doubt will succeed, and others that are highly likely to. However, until I, and the other panelists, have heard ALL of them we can not work though our decision making process. Also my thoughts as to what is important about the case is so often different to other panel members, so the chairs notes don't always match up with mine.
They surely cannot remember each parent and have to refer to their notes and appeal documentation. This is information which can be passed to another panel to read.
So you'd be happy for another panel to hear, in full, the remaining appeals, with all the points raised on the day, questions they might want to ask, etc, and then read through a few notes on your appeal. Then decide on all the appeals? Don't you think that they might end up having more information about the appeals they have heard - they'll have been able to ask questions that are specific to those cases, yet not ask you the same questions. I think it would be very unfair on you to do that!
I must agree that it's very frustrating for you, and adds another layer of angst and anguish. Sadly, though, panelists, like the rest of you, can get ill; in fact, I'd say the average age of panel members is older than parents appealing, as not many people of working age feel they can take time out for the civic duty of sitting on a panel; my boss is very understanding - he's a governor of a primary school (I've not heard, and am unlikely to hear an appeal from it). But the older you get, the more likely you are to get ill!