Some good points above.
Under the new system - working towards, expected, exceeding .. will the panel understand this .. or should I have her scaled scores?
Panel members ought to have some understanding of the new system, although the finer points might need explaining (preferably in any letter of support from the school).
The latest scaled scores could be useful if they show daughter working significantly
Ideally you want her case to stand out.
After all, under the old system a 4a prediction was 'above average', but I suspect most panel members would have been happier with a level 5 (and perhaps a 5b or higher).
..... she replied she has made huge progress .....
I hope the words "huge progress since the 11+
" will appear in any letter of support from the school.
We had a chance to look at her books and to me there was nothing that stood out that could be used, while there was plenty of 'excellent work' they were quickly followed by 'but if you did this or included that'.
If you did use the exercise books, it might be an idea for you (or preferably the school) to tell the panel that teachers feel under a duty to offer constructive advice.
In relation to reports I'm aware that Ofsted states: “Inspectors will consider whether reports help parents to understand how well their children are doing in relation to any standards expected and how they can improve
Also, while I have read everything on this forum (inside out, upside down - 5 times over lol) .. there seems to be some conflicting advise on preparing the letter. Keep it short and to the point (A4) and expand on the day or say everything now as you only have one shot at this ?
I think you've misunderstood.
The A4 length refers to "Say everything now
" (while still being concise!).
"Keep it short
" would still include the key points, but be less than A4
Two slightly different approaches, rather than conflicting advice.https://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appea ... school#c18https://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appea ... cation#b40
The important thing is not to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to write reams and reams.
I've repeatedly pointed out that it's the evidence
that matters, not
the letter of appeal.
All the evidence should be submitted before the hearing.
Hope this helps.