Thank you Capers
You offer a great insight into the "other side" (dare I say "the Dark Side"
) of Appeals.
I am glad that you also try not to judge parents, as difficult as I am sure it must be on occasions. The process is about the children
I went to my son's appeal alone, out of choice (ish!). My husband and I are very happy together, but both of us are strong personalities, and I really wasn't sure that we could put up a harmonious "double act" on the day. I do everything to do with school - talking to the teachers, school gates gossip, etc. I told the panel that he was away on business (true, but it could have been cancelled if needed).
I would have been absolutely horrified if my lone appearance at the panel had been criticised for that reason!
I had a fair hearing (although the panel's body language was not great throughout) but I did agree at the time that it was a fair hearing.
Etienne - they asked me that question 18 months ago. When did "best practice" change?