but why go to all of the bother of appealing, which is obviously a stressful thing to do, merely to get them into a grammar school?
Because sometimes the exam doesn't reflect that child’s true potential, why should consistently good work throughout all of your schooling be reflected in 1 exam?
What happens to the child who has always been the brightest child in their class, when others (less able) pass and "Johnny" didn't because of huge mitigating circumstances that he had no control over.
Your looking at it from a very one sided view indeed.
The "system" recognises these issues and therefore allows appeals on this basis.
If you had in fact read other bits on this forum you will see that is isn't necessarily the child who has to appeal who struggles.
I was bright as a child, and was turned down from the local grammar school - but at the time felt it was my parents that wanted me to go - I wanted the local comp because all my mates went there - it did not hold me back though!
As for that comment, that is your personnel view and not that of hundreds of other children.
My child was so devastated that she didn't make the grade that she collapsed onto the floor in tears. This is a child who wanted to go to this school regardless that none of her friends were going there.
You as someone who is training to be a teacher should know all children are different and they shouldn't be made to conform to fit in a box. I for one believe parents know what's best for their child as nobody knows them better than we do.
Doing away with grammar schools would in my opinion not make a level playing field because you would still have private schools.
Would one type of education for the poor and one for the rich be any fairer?