Coun­cil boss an­swers ‘un­fair 11-plus’ claim

‘Ev­ery­one in Bucks who passes gets a place’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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”

year.

“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.”

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