Yes you are right Etienne, and my question was not well phrased. I was really meaning that the performance level a panel should be looking for in a child applying to a superselective is a league apart from the performance they need to see evidence of in a non super-selective selective in a county like Kent or Bucks where at least 25% of children can go to grammar school.
As I've said, it is open to the school to give its view on any alternative evidence at the hearing.
As a lot of schools are academies these days I guess it's up to the school as admissions authority to provide training and guidance for the panel maybe, and nothing to do with the local authority?
If they're handling their own appeals, that's right.
They'd have to be very careful, though, to ensure that the training is impartial ......
Is there any requirement for an admissions authority to train and guide its appeal panel?
See my quote from the Appeals Code above.
Otherwise there could be quite a few people on panels who, even with the best will in the world, may not properly understand how to interpret academic results, CAT results, KS2 and KS2 results, the various different tests that Ed Psychs use etc etc.
The chair is going to be very experienced, I would have thought, otherwise he/she wouldn't be chairing!
And one, if not two, members of the panel will have a background in education.
I'm thinking it might be better to feed the information into a computer!
If you could write a suitable program, I'd quite like to see it .......