Unfortunately this change was introduced (without any prior consultation) in the new Code of Practice on appeals. The situation is confused because different panels are taking different decisions on whether the local review has been carried out in a fair, consistent and objective way.
There was a discussion recently here:
www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/forum/11plus/ ... 274cbcd04d
Could you tell me:
1. whether your case was heard by a local authority appeals panel or a foundation school panel?
2. whether the appeals paperwork you received explained that your case would not be considered further unless it was shown that the local review was not carried out fairly, consistently or objectively?
3. whether the written case from the admission authority explained how the review process was carried out, and what steps were taken to ensure it was done properly?
4. whether the chairman or clerk at the hearing explained to you that your case would not be considered further unless it was shown that the local review was not carried out fairly, consistently or objectively?