Now my point is, if the panel did not recieve this letter prior to the hearing (it was sent TWICE), and had to rely on 1 copy being passed around, with scores having to be explained to them by a head teacher, if that is not mal-administration, then what on earth is???
I know it seems very unsatisfactory, and there is no excuse for such inefficiency. However, in terms of whether or not there was an injustice, I think it depends on how much information had to be absorbed at the last minute. A lengthy ed. psych. report, for example, would certainly have necessitated an adjournment. A couple of letters (if not too long) might not.
It's incredible that the panel did not appear to understand NFER scores, but the intervention of the headteacher prevented an injustice at this point.
Out of 80 appeals for this School, 28 apparently got through. So do all 28 have better marks historically?
One would need to know all
of the facts about the other cases.
but then after all the positive comments simply said at the end 'Despite this it is the opinion of the panel that XXXXXX will not cope with the rigours of Grammar School.
This worries me most. A panel is entitled to its conclusions, but there should be clearly stated reasons to justify them.
I'm glad to hear that the ombudsman will be reviewing the papers in this case. It sounds to me well worth getting his opinion.
The panals exaxt words were "We do not have anything to compare these too"
Obviously we were at a loss as to what she meant and were astounded she didn't instantly recognise the significance of these scores. Yes the head made her aware that SHE recognises the scores, but then it's not her who is considering these scores it's the panel, and the fact remains that they didn't.
Please give me your honest opinion on these NFER scores....
Maths - Yr 3 - 126 Yr 4 124 (80%) Yr 5 121 (82%) Actual 113
English - Yr 3 - 111 Yr 4 121 (84%) Yr 5 120 (79%) Actual (VR) 134 (NVR) 119
"Raw Score" (I do not understand or know what this means)
Maths - Yr 4 - 36 Yr 5 - 37
English - Yr 4 - 36 Yr 5 - 42
In your opinion, based on these scores alone, would you form the opinion that this child could withstand the rigours of Grammar School?