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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:55 pm 

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Welcome to Appeals! :)

1. Have you read the Q&As?
You will find answers to questions you haven't even thought of yet!

2. Have you read Sally-Anne's posting guidelines?
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/forum/ ... =35&t=8255

3. A regional forum is fine for general discussion about local schools and local issues, but if you want specific advice about your own case, you should post on the Appeals forum where it is more likely to be seen by our members who help with appeals and reviews.

If you want to discuss your own case, please don't hijack someone else's topic.

Start your own thread on Appeals, and keep to it!

Please don't start multiple threads about your own case - it helps us to have all your appeal questions in one place.

4. Common questions:

5. Some cautionary words:

      You might win an appeal with strong academic evidence but no extenuating circumstances.
      You cannot win an appeal with extenuating circumstances but insufficient academic evidence.

      Don't enter a review or appeal or complaints procedure expecting to win!
      In most cases the odds are likely to be against you.

      You cannot make a complaint about the conduct of your appeal just because you don't like the decision.
      There needs to have been a procedural error so serious as to cause an injustice (i.e. the outcome of the appeal would probably have been different if the error had not occurred).

6. Appeals Box for confidential background information
This facility is for sending confidential information that will be seen only by a couple of moderators who specialise in appeals - if you wish them to understand more fully the background to your question.

If you choose to use this facility, please note the following points very carefully:

    [1] The email address is AppealsBox[at]elevenplusexams.co.uk - replace [at] with @
    [2] Use your own email address to send your message. You cannot use the forum's Private Message facility to reach the Appeals Box.
    [3] The subject line of your email must be your forum username. If a senior forum member is expecting your background information, the subject line of your email should be your forum name + "for the attention of ......."
    [4] Any attachments should be in doc, pdf or jpg format. Please do not use links to Skydrive or other cloud storage facilities.
    [5] The Appeals Box is for background information only, and is not meant for private questions or for other purposes.
    [6] The Appeals Box is unmonitored. No email will be sent in reply, other than an auto-response. You will need to post a specific question on the Appeals forum, mentioning that background information has been sent to the Appeals Box.
    [7] Please note that we cannot normally deal with wide-ranging or open-ended questions such as:
        "We've emailed our case - what do you think of it?"
        "We've sent you a copy of our draft appeal letter/speech - please comment."
        "What do you think of all our evidence? Will it be sufficient?"
    [8] Please check the Q&As before posting a question, or using the Appeals Box. Most questions have been answered in the Q&As:

    [9] You must post any question on the forum. If your question is accepted, we shall try to respond on the forum in general terms so as to safeguard your privacy. We will not reveal your name, locality, the school concerned, or any specific extenuating circumstances (unless you have already volunteered this information on the forum). The way in which you frame your question usually gives us a clue as to how to respond appropriately - but if we unintentionally reveal more about your case than you would wish, please let us know as soon as possible. We take great care when responding to questions, and no one, as far as we are aware, has ever had cause for concern.
    [10] We aim to respond on the forum within 48 hours, but this cannot be guaranteed. It is not a good idea to send urgent queries to the Appeals Box just before your appeal hearing!

We have always invited questions about individual cases on the forum, and it has been our hope that any advice given is of interest to other readers too. However, we realise that on occasions there may be personal circumstances in an Appeal case that would cause upset or embarrassment if your family were to be identified.

By making an "Appeals Box" available, our aim is to facilitate the discussion of individual cases on the forum for everyone's benefit, while simultaneously offering greater confidentiality.


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