11-plus test ‘not fit for purpose’
The pandemic means children’s education has been severely disrupted, but many grammar schools are still planning to go ahead with their 11-plus tests in September.
Our chair, Dr Nuala Burgess, said, “The decision to delay 11-plus tests by a few weeks is a token gesture. It certainly can’t fix the fact that children have experienced widely different levels of education throughout lockdown, and it seems extraordinary that grammar schools still intend to run the test after months of disrupted schooling. Some children have been lucky enough to spend that last few months prepping for the test with the help of personalised online 11-plus tuition, a comfortable home to work in and parental support, while other children have had none of these things. Thousands of 10 years olds will be more seriously disadvantaged than ever when sitting the test this year.
James Coombs still fighting for 11-plus transparency
James Coombs challenged 11-plus test provider CEM at an tribunal in London on 4 March, hoping to win the right to see raw test score data and better understand how this secretive test works. Sadly James recently heard that he lost his appeal, and he writes about the case on his website here.
James will be appealing against this decision, and we wish him the best of luck. This test is not at all transparent, and the businesses selling these tests often profit from dubious marketing claims about being ‘tutor resistant.’
Our Zoom webinar ‘A relic of the past – time to phase out the 11-plus’
This year every formal exam has been cancelled yet the 11-plus is set to go ahead – isn’t now the time to rethink selection?
On June 25th at 7.30pm CF will be holding our first ever webinar, and just a few tickets remain.
We have an experienced panel discussing the problems of selection.
Fiona Millar, writer and campaigner on school issues, and author of ‘The Best for My Child. Did the schools market deliver?’
Katy Simmons, Chair of governors at Cressex Community School, and anti-selection campaigner with Bucks campaign group Local Equal Excellent.
Kieran O’Neill, chair of the Catholic Principals Association which opposes the transfer test in Northern Ireland. The CPA has been part of a successful campaign to persuade grammar schools to adopt comprehensive admissions this year.
Dr Gavin Morgan, vice chair of the British Psychological Society, Division of Educational and Child Psychology
Dr Nuala Burgess will chair.
We will be recording the event if you’re unable to attend, and if you’d like to join the webinar tickets can be booked here.