They said that the paper showing the workings out was kept seperately and had now been thrown away. If this was the case how could any maths papers be remarked - as I thought that the workings contributed to the overall mark ie. knew how to do long divison but made a mistake at the end - that sort of thing. If the workings out weren't taking out then maybe we made a mistake in telling our son to make sure he included his workings even for questions he thought he could do in his head! We are bit confused as every time we think we understand how the tests are marked we get a new bit of information.
This does apply to some SATS questions, where you will sometimes get one mark for the method shown and one for the right answer, but obviously this has to be an answer that is worth 2 marks, and it is made very clear that the working should be shown.
As far as I'm aware, all eleven plus questions are worth one mark only, so there is no scope for giving marks for working, only for the right answer.