We have heard of many cases that have been given to the appeal panel about
parents splitting up,
one parent being ill and the other parent having to do the school run for various children and also having to work
one child having dyslexia
one child having hospital visits on a monthly basis
one family who didnt put their child in for the music test who realised that they should have done
How on earth do these panels decide.
It's done by a kind of Fuzzy Logic. There are no cases that are black and white - well, very, very few, at least. If there were quantifiable, then there would be a clear set of rules to work by: so Parents splitting up ona friendly basis 2 weeks before exam might = acrimonious split 2 months before exam = granny dying 3 months before. But we can't quantify as all cases are different.
By and large most individuals on a panel will give a slightly different empasis to each appeal, so hopefully, by the decision stage, we'll have discussed each case, had our input, and reached a concensus - which is why there's 3 of us, not just one. If, for example, one member was a closet racist, the other two members would probably not be, so would out-vote them if they were choosing badly.
It's quite difficult to explain, really!