I know that one of the schools has a good established senco dept, they other I am digging around to get info on.
If you had an assessment for your son, it might help your appeal (under "reasons for wanting a place") if you could get an appointment with the SENCO to discuss the report and ask how well the school could meet his needs.
One of our forum members had in-depth discussions with the SENCOs of at least three schools some years ago, and was well-placed to argue convincingly that her son's needs could best be met by the school being appealed for.
I have little confidence in obtaining much significant evidence of a full dyslexic diagnosis in time (i.e. an assessment report)
I wonder why? It shouldn't take too long to get an appointment with an EP, and most appeals are unlikely to be held before May at the earliest.
but I will ask the tutor for a letter of some sort, stating her suspicions and the tests these are based on. That will have to do for now.
I'm afraid that "suspicions" may not count for much at appeal. Moreover, a letter from someone who's being paid for tuition won't be viewed as independent evidence.
His other academic evidence is based on the teacher's statement which shows he has currently moved up a whole level in maths in 4 terms, a whole level in writing, and 1 sub level in reading. His teachers has predicted end of year 6 assessments to be 5a/6 for maths and 5Cs for reading and writing. we will also be submitting examples of work to show the progression from year 5 to year 6.
That sounds very encouraging - but the more
evidence of ability, the better!http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11