Just to say our teachers do consider age when placing recommendation levels, they also use the cat scores which are age standardised, not just the sats levels which are not.
Also only the first number is achievement, the second is attitude, which could be a 1 all the way through school theoretically.
Deffo go with the increasing maturity and understanding slant though.
Thanks Southbucks3. I am pleased to hear that some head teachers do this, although for others considering this it may be worth noting the following
1. The guide to headteachers issued last year made no mention of taking into account the age of the child when making their recommendation
2. Our HT specifically confirmed in writing to the IAP that they had not taken this into account
I guess it is the inconsistency here which means that the process cannot be "consistent"
To anyone reading this, I wouldnt make this the main thrust of any submission. I struggled to get this point across last year, and as we can see there are a number of different views out there as to whether it is a valid point or otherwise. However, a question to the Schools Representative as to whether the SR panel took DCs age into account when looking at the HT recommendations, and if not, does this seem fair, may make the IAP panel think twice about the fairness of the process
The difficulty with this point, is that the IAP may think that if they agree this point, the SR process cannot possibly have been fair for anyone!
Any questions, please let me know