Broadly speaking, I think you could be right!
Surely just about every parent who doesn't get the outcome they want from the initial review is just going to go to appeal 'to ensure no avenue is unexplored' in the quest to get the school of choice?
That is the crunch question. Will parents be put off? Or, to mix my metaphors
, will they clutch at any straw to leave no stone unturned?
Schools may have been expecting that most parents who've not succeeded at review will think the odds are now stacked against them, and it's not going to be worth the hassle and stress of an appeal.
Look at one of today's posts:
Having had a 'Selection Review' which was unsuccessful, it now seems as if the focus has changed from proving to the 'Independent Appeal Panel' that out son has the academic ability suited to a grammar school and 'exceptional circumstances' preventing him from performing during the process to proving that the 'Selection Review' was not fair or consistent. A task made almost impossible by the fact that (according to other articles on your website) the LA are unlikely to release full details or documents produced during that review.
It seems as if we have had our 'Review' and in my view the likelihood of getting the 'Independent Review Panel' [that should be 'independent appeal panel'] to reverse the decision already made, without overwhelming evidence (which the LA would need to provide) is almost nil.
"? "[The chances are] almost nil
I wouldn't be nearly as pessimistic as that - but we shall have to see what happens in practice.
So heads are going to spend hours, nay, days at reviews and then at reviews of reviews trying to prove their first reviews were fair.
The review process was organised by the LA, acting as agent for the grammar schools. It's possible the schools will also hire a presenting officer from the LA to represent them at appeal.
The fact remains that, if lots of the unsuccessful reviews are
taken to appeal, then the new system could prove more costly and drawn-out than may have been envisaged!