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 Post subject: adhd and appeal
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:57 pm 
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Hello everyone .We are new to this and hoping for good advice regarding our dd and our appeal for non qualification. She has recently been diagnosed with adhd symptoms and was prescribed a ritalin type medication .The week before exam the dose was increased . The new dose proved to high and made her feel anxious and not right . We did not realise this until to late .Her HT will confirm that her work dipped during this time and highly recomends her for grammar education. Our worry is how much should we mention her adhd to appeal panel ,before it becomes a problem to our appeal. She has very mild problems, is predicted level 5 sats and has a 1/1 recomendation from HT.


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 Post subject: Re: adhd and appeal
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:06 pm 
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Hi clyde

clyde wrote:
highly recomends her for grammar education. is predicted level 5 sats and has a 1/1 recomendation from HT.
Good, but what were her scores?

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She has recently been diagnosed with adhd symptoms and was prescribed a ritalin type medication .The week before exam the dose was increased . The new dose proved to high and made her feel anxious and not right . We did not realise this until to late .Her HT will confirm that her work dipped during this time.
You have answered your own question! No more than that, and plenty of good academic evidence before it, in both the letter and at the hearing.

Sally-Anne


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 Post subject: Re: adhd and appeal
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:31 pm 
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Thank you for the prompt reply.

You think we should mention that she has adhd in the appeal letter?

Can they discriminate against us for this ?

Her scores were extremely poor, 113 & 105, but her HT has confirmed that there was also a dip in her school work at the same time


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 Post subject: Re: adhd and appeal
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:45 pm 
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clyde wrote:
You think we should mention that she has adhd in the appeal letter?
Yes, especially on 113/105. Don't overdo it, because it does sound as though you have got strong academic evidence, but on lower scores you really do also need a reason as to why she couldn't demonstrate her ability on the day.

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Can they discriminate against us for this ?
Most definitely not. In fact, the panel may feel that they should consider whether your daughter has a disability under the terms of the Equality Act: http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b33

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her HT has confirmed that there was also a dip in her school work at the same time
This will need to be borne out by evidence, and more detail from the Head and also the class teacher would be helpful.

You might also want to find examples of where the "dip" is evident in her exercise books - good work from Year 5, poorer work in the early part of Year 6, and then an improvement when her condition stabilised. Although schoolbooks are usually presented to the panel at the end of the hearing, you might like to submit copies of 3 sample pages that demonstrate the problem with your appeal evidence. You can refer to them as Appendices A, B & C in your letter, and mark them as such.


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 Post subject: Re: adhd and appeal
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:39 pm 
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Thanks for advice, we are worried that the panel may feel that a child with adhd may not manage grammar school. This is not the case. Is there anyone with a child with adhd in grammar school or ayone had a succesful appeal stating adhd?


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 Post subject: Re: adhd and appeal
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:24 pm 
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I know of several adhd pupils in Bucks GS ...


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 Post subject: Re: adhd and appeal
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:35 pm 
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Panels are not concerned about whether pupils with such-and-such a condition will 'manage' at grammar school!

They focus on academic ability and any extenuating circumstances.

Here's an example of a successful appeal (in Bucks) with another condition - Tourettes syndrome ......
viewtopic.php?f=35&t=8297&p=96369&hilit=tourettes#p96369

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 Post subject: Re: adhd and appeal
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:09 pm 
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Thankyou Etienne. We have been so worried that adhd may go against her that it never really ocurred to us that it may just go a long way to helping to prove that the poor scores were not really a true indication of her ability. She only had a diagnosis in June and it is taking time to get to grips with.


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