Reading some of the threads on here, and with absolutely no disrespect to the poor posters who are in the throes of appealing for grammar school places, has made me wonder if anyone has ever looked at whether certain types of people are more likely to submit appeals and then go on to succeed in them.
I ask this because it isn't everyone who would be able to consider employing educational psychologists, for example, or who would have the nerve to go into a school and question the head teacher, ask him or her to rephrase bits of their report, that type of thing. I wonder if people without this 'cultural capital' as well as the financial capital to do it, are put off from trying to appeal in the first place. I wonder also if panels are swayed by ed psych reports to an extent which would relatively disadvantage those who can't afford them, don't know about them or plain just don't want their child assessed in that way.
Just a few thoughts, not necessarily looking for answers as I doubt there are any - just interested as from where I am looking it does look as if this is another area in which less rich or less knowledgeable or assertive parents may again be disadvantaged by the 11 plus system.
And again, good luck to all appealing - it sounds horrible and my interest in this angle is academic not personal.