I am assuming that a) is the best approach, I just wanted to check that the appeal decision is made based on the case you bring on the day of appeals rather than on the bullet points and evidence sent in before hand
The decision is based on everything
that has been brought to the panel's attention - up to the end of the hearing.
and that we don't have to prove or support every single word we plan to discuss with photocopies etc.?
Not necessarily every word!
- but ideally all the significant points would have supporting evidence.
So for example, the school we are appealing for has an excellent reputation for being safe and dealing with any bullying, and Ofsted specifically mention this. Is it a) enough to quote from this in the speech on the day of appeal and perhaps bring a copy of the full report for the clerks records if they want it, or do we need to b) send in ahead of time an appendix summarising quotes from Ofsted reports or c) actually send in the full Ofsted as evidence.
Either (a) or (b).
If bullying is the main issue, I'd recommend (b), and also suggest that the quotes include a link to the Ofsted report (so that the panel can easily check the source if they want to).