You can't appeal against your AFC grading!
What you can do is:-
REVIEW (Prove incorrect / incomplete information was used in the Match/Evaluation. Outcome is binding, can be further downgraded. You have 3 months from assimilation)
APPEAL (Prove breach of process. Grievance based. You have 6 months from assimilation)
Either way "Resistance is Futile"
As for the paperwork, we have here an Assimilation Surgery which is set up to deal with the above processes. I was under the impression this is how all trusts were operating.
Sounds like your Trust has serious shortcomings in communicating AFC to staff, and seems to be rushing AFC through. Maybe you could use this in your Review/Appeal?
As for techs here, we are being held up by RRP issues but i believe we have been Matched as no Evaluation panels have sat yet.