in Turmoil wrote:
Well we had stage one and two yesterday a very gruelling day for everybody concerned. Everything over ran and we were seen for stage two some two and a half hours after our original appointment!
The timing of appeals can, and does, slip. It depends how much time is allocated to each one, and how much paperwork is submitted, how much arguing the parents do, how much needs explaining to the parents... Some places will allocate 20 min slots. The ones I've sat on recently have been half hour or 40 mins. If there is a panel hearing say 60 appeals for one school, then the clerk might try & fit in as many as possible so trim the time down.
With the half hour slots, over three days of appeals, only one over-ran (and happened to be followed by one where the parent was not coming). Most of the time we had 10 or 15 mins coffee & natter breaks, though we did tend to make notes after each appeal of the main points that we'd considered while they were fresh in our minds (without making a decision until the end of the appeals). I think we were lucky in that most parents had fairly short speeches, and didn't bring new material for us to consider.
Last year, however, at one point we were running one hour late. We even had to cut our lunch break from 1 hour to 1/2 hour (all together now - ahhh). Same school - same type of parents, same time allocated. We do have to make sure that parents have said all they want to say, so if that runs to more than 1/2 hour, so be it.