Dear wirral dad
I'm afraid we can't normally help with draft appeal submissions (life's too short
). I would reassure you, however, that most appeal panels have come across the sort of personal extenuating circumstances you describe. I would also advise you not to raise the issue of standardisation - it's not an argument that you will win or that will help your case!
The appeal form looks like a standard form that they issue for all appeals. In fact, it seems to be out of date - the second part of the following would now be unlawful:
It is not necessary for your child to attend the hearing and he/she will not normally be allowed into the meeting.
Unless you inquire beforehand - and get a helpful response - you wouldn't normally know the basis of the authority's case until you receive it a week or two before the hearing.