The Appeal Procedure
Appeals in respect of competitions for posts of Assistant Principals I, Assistant Principal II and Programme Co-ordinator posts shall be completed electronically on the agreed PDF Appeal Form. Only appeals completed and submitted using the electronic form will be processed. Appeals submitted after the Appeal Date will not be processed.
The Appeal Procedure is not a re-examination of the interview itself.
The Appeal Procedure is used in respect of appeals to the following posts: Assistant Principal I, Assistant Principal II, Programme Co-ordinator posts (at AP I and AP II level) and Assistant Director of Adult Education (at AP I and AP II).
It does not apply to Principal and Deputy Principal posts or the post of Director of Adult Education at Deputy Principal level.
This is 4.00 p.m. on the seventh school day, with day one commencing on the day after the outcome of the process is issued.
Grounds for appeal and responding to appeal grounds
The grounds for appeal may be on one or more of the following in relation to an alleged breach of procedure:
(B) Composition of the Interview Board:
(C) Marking/Selection Criteria:
Appeal grounds must be substantiated (i.e. supporting evidence must be supplied).
Appellants are required to substantiate each appeal ground selected on the electronic appeal form with a supporting rationale/defence. The supporting rationale must be relevant to the specific appeal ground selected.
Where nothing is provided by way of a rationale/defence of the appeal ground selected, the appeal ground will be discounted by the Appeal Board and reference to this effect will be included in the Appeal Board determination.
Only documents specifically referenced in the statement of appeal or management response to the appeal are admissible. Any additional and/or unsolicited documentation will not be considered by the Appeal Board and will be returned to the sender. The Appeal Board may seek copies of certain documents relevant to its consideration of the appeal from either party to appeal.
Upon receipt of documentation from the Appeal Board Secretariat, the Appeal Board undertakes a preliminary review of each appeal submitted, the corresponding management response submitted, supporting documentation, relevant Department of Education & Skills circulars/forms appropriate to such competitions.
The Appeal Board will examine each appeal ground selected and supporting rationale/defence. The Appeal Board will examine the management response to the appeal ground selected and management’s rationale/defence. Each appeal ground will be considered and adjudicated upon.
Appeals shall not include observations or disparaging remarks of a personal nature including personalised comments about individuals. Where this transpires, it may lead to an appeal being disqualified by the appeal board or an oral hearing being terminated by the Appeal Board.
Where the Appeal Board, having considered the appeal and response, deems it unnecessary to conduct a hearing, it shall notify the appellant and the Secretary of the Board of Management of the outcome of the appeal within fifteen school days of the Appeal Date.
Where the Appeal Board, having considered the appeal and management response, decides that a hearing is necessary, it shall set a date for a hearing within fifteen school days of the Appeal Date.
Where additional documentation is sought prior to an appeal hearing by the Appeal Board, the parties should co-operate in furnishing same as soon as possible to the Appeal Board to facilitate the exchange of such documentation to the other party not later than three school days prior to the hearing. No documentation shall be admissible at the hearing which has not been supplied in accordance with the timeline.
The Appeal Board may draw any inference/conclusion it desires in respect of the failure of either party to provide documentation requested by the Appeal Board.
How the appeal process operates
Where an appeal/s is/are submitted: