Convener of the School Closure Review Panel

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th April 2023

  • Advertised from 6th March 2023
  • Remuneration - £226.92 per day


The Scottish Government is now recruiting for a new Convener of the School Closure Review Panel.

This position offers a unique opportunity to play an important role in the Scottish Education system and ensure effective independent scrutiny of school closure proposals under the School (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

You must demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours including: a working knowledge of Scotland’s education and schools sector or the legal sector or of community consultation, the ability to build and develop a diverse and effective pool of panel members to achieve objectives and an experience of building and maintaining effective working relationships and communicating effectively with a range of stakeholders.

School Closure Review Panels are independent statutory bodies which have been created to enhance and strengthen the process of local authority school closures in Scotland.

Key Responsibilities

The Convener is responsible for appointing and maintaining a pool of persons who will be eligible to be Panel Members. Once a school closure decision is called in by Scottish Ministers, the Convener is required to select three individuals from the pool of persons eligible to be Panel Members to form a Panel to determine each case, and to identify a Chair for each Panel.

Skills, knowledge and experience required

In order to achieve the above, the Convener is expected to:

  • develop a strong understanding of the legislation related to school closure consultations in Scotland, and an understanding of common issues that arise;
  • fully represent the School Closure Review Panels’ activities, in an honest and positive way to stakeholders;
  • develop an effective working relationship with members of the School Closure Review Panels, administration and support staff working with the Convener and Panel members, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and other key stakeholders;
  • gain the trust and respect of Panel members;
  • ensure the necessary support is available to Panel members in their deliberations and considerations in reaching determination decisions for the post call-in phase;
  • commit to on-going personal development activities in support of the Convener role; and
  • uphold the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity derived from the nine principles of public life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Application notes

An application pack is available for download at -School Closure Review Panels - Convener in Edinburgh | Careers at Edinburgh (

Closing date: 14 April 2023