I am eager to submit my sonâ€™s practice papers because despite interruptions, disturbances and lack of answer sheets, he still did fairly well. At least they are an indication of attainment if the NFERs are not considered relevant.
Panels often ask how the practice papers went, in which case you have to answer, but I'm afraid there's no way they'll give any weight to submitted papers or to the marks. The same papers are used year after year, and taken home, so they are insecure, and anyone could have had access to them beforehand.
I was wondering how to standardize them as I believe he is due an extra 4 marks due to his young age. (End of June 99). Do you add 4 marks onto the raw score of 70 out of 80 then work out the score out of 141? Or do you add the 4 marks on after when you have worked out the mark out of 141?
There is no standardisation for the practice papers, and I'm afraid no one is going to believe any figures you come up with. This would be a complete distraction, and do nothing to help your case.
The panel will disregard these scores and the Head teachers predictions of 5â€™s for yr 6 because the was no compatibility with the SATS.
We would need to know the exact words used. I could understand a degree of caution about predictions if the school is unfamiliar with SATs, but there is the evidence of the year 5 NFER curriculum tests. Even state schools use these tests, so I see no reason why they should be disregarded. Writing looks a bit borderline, but on the whole level 5 predictions for English and Maths seem reasonable enough.
Hope this helps.