Council boss answers ‘unfair 11-plus’ claim
‘Everyone in Bucks who passes gets a place’
AN EDUCATION chief has hit back at claims the new 11-plus test is more unfair.
A report was released on Monday last week by campaign group Local, Equal, Excellent, claiming changes have made the 11-plus less fair for disadvantaged families, as reported in this paper.
The new exam was created by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring ( CEM) and was introduced last year at Buckinghamshire’s 13 grammar schools to make it ‘tutor proof ’.
But results released from Freedom of Information requests gained by the campaign group showed fewer grammar went to pupils.
Rebecca Hickman, who wrote the report, Dr Katy Simmons and Derek Berry, are calling for the exam to be abandoned until an alternative can be developed.
Statistics showed nonBucks children who sat the exam rose from 2,443 (1,013 passed) to 3,161 (1,242 passed).
The group claims this pushed up the standardised pass mark and meant fewer grammar school places for Bucks pupils.
However, speaking at the Buckinghamshire County Council meeting school state places school on Thursday last week, cabinet member for education Mike Appleyard said: “People do need to understand that every single child who qualifies in the 11plus for a grammar school and lives in Bucks gets a place.
“That is not the case for people outside the county.
“Not one child who got a place at a grammar school suffers as a result of people out of the county.”
Mr Appleyard added: “I have said repeatedly that we cannot make a judgment on one year’s stats, we need to look at the outcome year on
Not one child who got a place at a
grammar school suffers as a result of people out of the county”
“There are years where children do worse than others. People will speculate what that means but we will demonstrate results vary year on year.
“This has been a time for change, not only with the 11-plus but with grammar school admissions.”
CEM is also monitoring the test, said Mr Appleyard, who added: “No one can design a test that is going to have a result that we all want regardless of what anyone says. If we test and test children they become better at tests. You can’t stop parents taking the child and testing them.
“But we can do as much as we can to make sure schools contribute as little as possible to that experience.”