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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:29 pm 
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Does anyone know if there has ever been any analysis of the success of appeals in relation to the level of HT recommendation? ie the percentage of appeals that are successful with a 1:1, or 2:1 etc.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:20 pm 
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I'm not aware of any, and I'm not sure just how useful it would be. What one head might classify as a '1' and a '2', another might view as a '2' and a '3'.

These are difficult judgements to make, and it's understandable that there is a lack of consistency between schools.

What may be less understandable is where there is an inconsistency within the headteacher summary sheet itself (a mismatch between the headteacher's recommendation and the headteacher's comments). Cases have been brought to our attention where the recommendation was, for example, a '1' ("exceptionally highly recommended") but the headteacher's statement of support regarding academic ability/potential was distinctly lukewarm!

The actual value of a recommendation may not be the same as its nominal value ,,,,,,,, :!:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:35 pm 
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Yes i see what you mean. But I think it would be interesting to see just how influential the head teacher's recommendation is.


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It's certainly influential in so far as there has been a broad correlation with successful outcomes. (Almost every selection appeal allowed is likely to have had a '1' or a '2' recommendation for academic potential).

I don't think the attitude level has been looked at too closely - although a '3' might have prompted a few questions!

For an appeal panel (and probably for a review panel) a good starting point would generally be a '1' or a '2' recommendation, a borderline 11+ score, and level 5 predictions. Other factors are then taken into account, with each case being looked at on its own particular merits.

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