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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:28 pm 
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We have recently moved to Bucks although my dd still attends an ooc primary school. She very, very narrowly missed 121 and we would like to ask for a selection review. The Headteacher is new and strongly supports our case as she previously taught our child in the infants. Is there any guidance available for what the Headteacher is required to submit on the review form apart from the recommendation and Sats levels.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:52 am 
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Welcome!

The headteachers manual deals with a lot of administrative matters (for those administering the tests), but it does contain some good advice too, for example "Be aware that your choice of language on the form is important as it will indicate the degree of support you are expressing."
(page 30)
https://schoolsweb.buckscc.gov.uk/schoo ... R_2014.pdf

We make a few suggestions of our own! :)
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b41
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b48

If you have a good relationship with the head, you might be able - very diplomatically - to discuss with her anything you think could have been phrased differently!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:25 am 
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Just filling in my selection review form for dd who scored 120. I have looked at the advice and suggested letter. Would you still advise on keeping the letter quite short, bearing in mind we will not be at the review to present our evidence or is ok to go into detail as to the reasons why we feel our daughter did not perform as well as she could of?

Her scores were VR 77.3, M 29.94 and NV 12.99. Do you think we need to mention how poorly she did in the Non Verbal? She wasn't tutored, so I have no idea why it's so poor a score other than the fact that her natural ability is in English (reading age 14yrs 9 months) and she is not as good at Maths. Her KS2 Sats predictions are all level 5.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:56 pm 
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jjsaz wrote:
Would you still advise on keeping the letter quite short, bearing in mind we will not be at the review to present our evidence or is ok to go into detail as to the reasons why we feel our daughter did not perform as well as she could of?
I understand the point, but would still keep the letter as concise as possible. It's not what you write that matters - it's the supporting evidence. (Numerous references to this in the Q&As.)

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Her scores were VR 77.3, M 29.94 and NV 12.99. Do you think we need to mention how poorly she did in the Non Verbal?
They'll spot this for themselves!

No point in raising the issue unless you have an argument to offer (and, to be honest, I don't think being better at English will impress).

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