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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:52 pm 
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Hi,

I really hope you will be able to advise us regarding our situation. Sorry for the long post.
We have been unsuccessful at the review and are wondering what evidence we need to collect for an appeal. We were under the impression that the evidence we were providing was strong and had a good chance of getting through. Our HT was certainly very hopeful and told us we had a strong case.

Score: 119
HT recommendation:2:2

Sats predictions Yr 6:
Maths:111-120, Reading: 111-120, Writing: GDS
Yr 5 results:
Reading, writing, Maths: GDS
Yr 2 Sats:
Reading:3, Maths: 3, Writing: 2b

Extenuating circumstances were that ds fell very ill and was hospitalised a couple times with breathing difficulties (bronchspasm) in the final term. This took a long time to recover and there was a significant impact on his learning along with an extension of the house which lasted almost 6 months during his time in yr 5.

The reasons provided by the SRP state that although they were convinced that the yr 6 predictions were in line with the progress, the academic evidence does not account for the shortfall in marks and neither do the extenuating circumstances as they did not impact his high achievement in yr 5.

My questions.
1) we were told that the extenuating circumstances with this score will not matter too much? As the yr 5 performance is not quantifiable how would they have measured the impact? Is it worth mentioning in the appeal that his performance could have been even higher in yr 5 had he not been ill.

2) The school had no more academic evidence as they do not do any CATs etc. I was told bucks is not encouraged to do them. His academic evidence was the highest achievable and everything the school had for ds. What evidence would the SRP have liked to see?

I would be grateful if you can advise what kind of evidence we should be discussing with the HT to present in an appeal.

Hope this makes sense.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:12 pm 
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Welcome to Appeals! :)

Lots of reading to do.
Start here.


Once you've finished reading, if you still have unanswered questions, do please let us know.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:29 pm 
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Hello scary mum,
Thank you for your response. I have read most of the information but I was hoping that someone could shed some light on the questions I have posted? I’m sure will have lots more questions in the coming weeks!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:39 pm 
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Welcome!

In addition to the link Scary has given, be sure to study the Bucks sticky:
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=53659
It covers almost everything, including the issue of extenuating circumstances.

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My questions.
1) we were told that the extenuating circumstances with this score will not matter too much?

That is not quite what the official guidance issued to headteachers says.

See our Bucks sticky:
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      (v) Did Review Panels follow their own rules? For example, the headteachers' manual refers to a normal expectation of 'exceptional extenuating circumstances'.

      • Ask how 'exceptional' was defined, and how many successful reviews
      [with a score of 119] actually had exceptional extenuating circumstances. (This sounds like an extraordinarily high threshold, and it seems improbable that even a majority had exceptional circumstances!)
      • The LA's online guidance for parents clearly states "The Panel will also want to see evidence of any exceptional reasons to explain why your child may not have done as well as you, or their headteacher, had expected in the Secondary Transfer Test" - and yet parents on here have reported winning a review without any exceptional circumstances.
      • If the exceptional circumstances rule wasn't strictly applied, how could the process have been consistent?

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As the yr 5 performance is not quantifiable how would they have measured the impact?
How indeed? A question to ask at an appeal hearing.

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Is it worth mentioning in the appeal that his performance could have been even higher in yr 5 had he not been ill
Not by you, I'm afraid - but a statement to this effect from the headteacher could help.

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His academic evidence was the highest achievable and everything the school had for ds. What evidence would the SRP have liked to see?
Another good question for the appeal hearing! What were their criteria to ensure that the process was fair, consistent and objective?

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I would be grateful if you can advise what kind of evidence we should be discussing with the HT to present in an appeal.
If you follow the link provided by Scary, point 1 takes you to the Q&As.
Look at the Q&As B11 and B48.

The summary of your review case looks quite good to me, although we don't know how reliable the headteacher's recommendations were.

On the face of it, with predictions of 111-120 and GDS (which are accepted), and a score of 119, one wonders how they reached their conclusion that "the academic evidence does not account for the shortfall in marks". Why not? (For appeal purposes it will be important to focus on the process, e.g. what criteria were used, rather than to criticise the panel's judgement.)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:53 am 
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The summary of your review case looks quite good to me, although we don't know how reliable the headteacher's recommendations were.


Dear Etienne,
Thank you for your response. Very useful points. As for the HT recommendations, I was told that most students predicted a 2:2 passed. Ds’s school is a a high performing school and over 30% out of 60 students have passed. The only thing I can think of is that the headteacher only took over under 2 years ago. Not sure if this has any impact on the reliability of the recommendations.

If the recommendation wasn’t deemed reliable should this have been mentioned in the decision summary?


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If the recommendation wasn’t deemed reliable should this have been mentioned in the decision summary?
In theory, yes, but in practice we suspect there's a reluctance to draw attention to variations in the accuracy of primary headteacher recommendations.

However, you will get a copy of the school's recommendations with the appeal paperwork in the summer term, and can judge for yourself how accurate they were.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:28 am 
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Thank you Etienne,

I will keep in touch over the next few months for more advise. Thanks


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