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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:46 am 
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This is really a follow up to another question but I thought it would be easier for others to find as a separate post.

Head has confirmed that she can't support our appeal due to the policy. The primary school reports have always been very well written and detail sub levels of achievement. We have already been given these reports and the only reason I want copies is because I've lost them!! (Never realised how important they might be!!) I think the head thinks I am asking for the school records.

So a couple of questions really ...
What additional information would be in the school records which isn't in the reports?
Will the panel consider records and reports as better evidence than just reports?
Do reports contain the results of formal moderated testing like the Y2 SATs?
If I'm going to formally request anything should I not just go the whole hog and ask for reports and records?
... actually that's quite a few questions!

I know it's covered elsewhere on the forum but for the benefit of others:
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pup ... nd-records
This official page confirms that "curricular and educational records" have to be kept by the school and made available to parents under the DPA. It also outlines how to go about this (in writing to the governing body). What it doesn't actually tell me is what "curricular and educational records" actually consists of.

thanks
James


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:49 pm 
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It's defined here ...
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1437/made
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It looks like there's stuff in the records which are not in the regular reports which I should be interested in (eg results of NC testing) but I would still really appreciate it if someone who really understands this provides a simple if less legally defined explanation of the difference between school reports and school records.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:57 pm 
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I would expect records would contain stuff like attendance/absence, any disciplinary notes like warnings/detentions, maybe relevant medical info


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:59 pm 
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Hi James

If you request your child's record for the past 3 years or so, this document will specify sub-levels/levels attained at the end of EVERY TERM for Maths, English, ICT & Science for that length of time. Also included will be copies of your child's school report.

School reports confirm what child has attained at the end of the year & includes comments whereas records don't have teacher's comments.

This record may be requested in writing & handed in at the school office. You should receive it within 2 to 3 weeks. This document is very helpful if your child is achieving highly at school & will help at the appeal. But if it shows otherwise I would not use it & just stick with your child's school report.

Good luck in your quest :)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:07 pm 
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Slightly changing the subject, we get an annual school report in summer, but autumn and spring we get sheets just saying what dc are working at/target/any concerns.

Very vague. They also mention Key Stage 4 targets - does that mean GCSE? Is there still a Key Stage 4?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:17 pm 
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Yes - KS4 is officially years 10 and 11.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:33 pm 
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Hi, if it is years 10 and 11 - does that mean end of year 11? As my ds isn't - quite - at his targets?

His school report is ok, I can't help thinking if he can get C's now, and is predicted B's, why can't he get B's now?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:55 pm 
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In some subjects they don't cover B grade stuff in Year 10 but ask at the Parents' Evening.


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