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If the exam authority allowed it last year, and is not allowing it this year, can I not argue that I am unduly prejudiced relative to parents last year?
It's at the AA's discretion, but I think it would be reasonable to pose a question about their lack of consistency.
However, unless there's more to this than a debating point, I'm not convinced that arguing 'prejudice' is the best way to win over the hearts and minds of an appeal panel!
If the school's representative has it available as evidence against my appeal, surely due process of a fair appeal argues in favour of its release also to the parent?
It's a well-established principle that all parties to an appeal must have the same paperwork. I suppose it's one thing to be in possession of, or have access to, a document, another to make use of it.
I would suggest that if the document is actually used as evidence during the hearing, then all parties ought to have sight of it.
Whether making an issue of this would help you win your appeal is a very different matter!
Just seen your latest post which clarifies your reasons.
we would like to see his exam script to try to understand what happened. Seems a reasonable request to us. Would it be reasonable for the exam authority not to release his script to us to help understand this, especially since they were releasing them last year?
From a legal point of view, there seems no doubt that they can refuse! The issue is one of correct procedure - there's nothing in the Appeals Code about "acting reasonably"!
I recognise your wanting to understand where he went wrong, but in what way would this help an appeal?
Probably better to chip gently away at the other side's case during questions to the AA:
• Why the inconsistency between this year and last?
• What are the confidence intervals for the 11+? (They won't want to answer that!)
• Shouldn't all parties to an appeal have sight of the same paperwork? (assuming the AA rep. uses the document during the hearing - but keep this at the level of gentle probing, a polite question - avoid confrontation!)