Hopefully the Head will feel able to go along with Etienne's suggestion.
At the hearing I feel that it might be worth asking the LA rep very politely: "Could I ask for clarification as to why you recommend in quite strong terms to Heads that parents (and thus the child) should be given advance warning for the scheduling of a late test?"
The answer is bound to be along the lines of "to ensure that a sick child does not take the test, and that the test is not sprung upon the child without warning".
The panel should already know the answer, of course, but there is no harm in getting the LA rep to re-state it!
Sally-Anne, thatâ€™s brilliant! Youâ€™re so good at phrasing questions in a way which forces the panel or LA rep to supply the answer that you want (ie. that proves your own point for you).
Bougalou, do you mind my asking how you know that your DDâ€™s advanced reading age was totally discounted? Did they actually tell you they attached no importance to it, or was it just a sense that you got?