I, too, have been wondering about the process used for this year's boarderlines.
In previous years (I understand that) there was a written piece which was assessed and head teachers/class teachers were asked for rankings/comments about the children. This seemed to me to be fine and fair. However, this year... No written piece and I have heard, from a parent of a boarderline child, that the child
was asked questions about what they did outside school, what outside interests and activities they participated in (!)
I cannot understand how this is relevant to academic ability! I agree that the whole process needs to be more transparent.
I may have to edit this in the morning as I have had a few glasses of wine