"the panel must only uphold the appeal if it is satisfied:
i) that there is evidence to demonstrate that the child is of the required academic standards"
I have provided background information which is available in the appeals box for the information of moderators. Please could somene take a look and see If we have a case for the code not being followed?
Sorry you're here.
Think of it this way - if a child has good mitigating circumstances for not passing the test, but all the academic submissions (mean CATS =100, SATS predicted of 4b, school reports, etc) show that they are of average ability (50% percentile) then is a grammar going to be the right place for them where the rest of the children are in the top 20% / 15% (or whatever the local cut-off is) of the population? I think that's what para 3.13 is trying to get at.
Under the old appeal code, there may have been a tendency for some panels to put a much higher weighting to the mitigating circumstances of why they didn't do well on the day of the test, than 'is the child is of grammar ability'.