1) We submitted her reading, writing and Maths levels in November for the end of autumn term with the selection review. These levels were exactly the same as her end of Spring levels /Mock SATs in February (as above). This looks on paper like she hasn't progressed at all in one term.
Do you think it would help to provide the panel with the Spring data considering there is no change or do you think it may be detrimental to the academic evidence as there's no indication of progress in one term on paper? Her teacher said that she is at the top end of 5b and 5c for reading and writing now, but no evidence on paper of this.
You're not required to provide an update. Probably best not to if it doesn't look like helping your case.
2) How long should we spend discussing FCO to the panel?
Impossible to say! It depends how many general points are covered at the group hearing. It then depends on the individual case as to how many issues remain for stage 2.
One of our extenuating circumstances was that our daughter was affected during the test by children who distracted her.
Is it important to stress this in the hearing if it wasn't considered by the SRP?( Full details in email)
No need to stress it. You should simply ask for clarification - did they or didn't they consider it? If they did, why no mention?
3)Is it a good idea to mention that she missed out a couple of questions in the test if they ask us, or should we dodge the question? Will they deem her unsuitable if she didn't complete the test?
It depends what the reason is. If it's because someone has special needs, that might prove they needed more time. If it's because someone works very slowly, that might not be at all helpful.
Of course, the reason could simply be that the new CEM put everyone under much more pressure, with the result that many children had unanswered questions!
4)Is it a good idea to bring in text books if you have a few negative comments in there for incomplete work or unfinished work? My daughter is a perfectionist! Her Maths book has all great comments but in the literacy book the comments are occasionally regarding unfinished work.
Again, it depends what the underlying reason is, and whether the panel can identify it. Bright but lazy would probably be better than slow and plodding.
I don't want the literacy book to ruin her chances of success at the appeal.
I doubt that would happen. After all the exercise book might be needed in school on the day of the appeal, and you could hardly be blamed for that.
Will the panel expect to see books?
I don't think so, especially now that they have so much to get through (in most cases probably FCO and oversubscription as well as qualification).
My usual advice is not to select which exercise books to bring, but if the maths book is really excellent, then I'd err on the side of letting them see it on its own (if they seem interested).