We had an appeal meeting today and the panel were far less frightening, and more helpful, than anticipated.
Most of the panelists I've met are fine, nice people - we do care about children & parents, otherwise we wouldn't volunteer for the job. The school / LEA side are also usuallyOK. I have met scary clerks in the past, though!
The Deputy headmistress presenting fro the school we are appealing against said that they expected SATs grade 5 as the very minimum.
It was our understanding that grade 5 is the best that can be achieved but she asserted that SATs can go all the way to grade 8. When pushed she said that grade 6 could be achieved at 10/11 years old but very rarely.
Is it just us or did her statement make it seem that the predicted grade 5 was not good enough and higher should be expected? If so, how do we make this very clear to the panel now our appeal meeting has been heard?
Very difficult to do after the appeal has been heard - all evidence should be argued on it the room. You could write quickly to the panel (ie tonight, present to the clerk by hand) if they've not finished hearing cases, but I'm not sure of the legal position, for the school side would have the chance to argue back.
As I understand it, L6 has not been tested for in Y6 SATS for quite a few years. L5a is the highest that can be scored. There used to be an extra extension test for G&T pupils.
She is theoretically correct that they go up to grade 8, but that's not tested until ?year 9? Children are not entered early for SATS.
Unfortunately, you'd not be able to take the case to the ombudsman as the panel have heard the evidence correctly and fairly and the correct procedures have been followed. One party giving misleading facts in not down to the panel. I think it would have to go to Judicial Review to overturn.
Now the good side of this is that if this person was also presenting for the other appeals, they will have given the same answer to all the other appeals - and if argued down, the panel will realise they've been strung along.