1. Would it make sense to include the mitigating circumstances mentioned, or should I wait for the appeals hearing, either to mention in my presentation or wait until asked? Our mitigating circumstances feel like excuses, and I’m not sure whether it would detract from good academic evidence?
I would omit the first one altogether, because working quickly and accurately is what the 11+ is all about, and I'm also doubtful about the last.
The second and third could be covered by a single sentence (so that you're not making too much of them) - "Our normal routine was upset the week before the tests, and he was also affected by the rescheduling of SATs tests at school.
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2. DS’s levels at the end of Year 5 were very good, but his predicted level for Writing is the same as Year 5, primarily because of a poor mock SATs paper (taken in the week preceding the 11+exams). Should I include all current working levels, or leave as is?
What are the current 'working at' levels? - I can only see the one for maths.
Also, as I can only appeal first choice school, can I appeal to the other schools on my CAF after allocations day in March?
Only the schools can tell you how they organise their appeals. It's a complete mystery to me!
- but I can tell you that you have a legal right to appeal at some point to each of them listed on your CAF.