Coun­cil to quiz schools over 11-plus re­sults

New test seems to be far from fairer

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

GRAM­MAR schools will be quizzed next month over the first 11-plus re­sults re­leased since the new test was brought in.

The Buck­ing­hamshire Gram­mar School Heads group will ap­pear be­fore the county’s ed­u­ca­tion, skills and chil­dren’s ser­vices se­lect com­mit­tee.

The meet­ing fol­lows crit­i­cism of the exam cre­ated by the Cen­tre or Eval­u­a­tion and Mon­i­tor­ing (CEM), which was in­tro­duced last year and was in­tended to be ‘tu­tor proof ’.

But re­sults re­leased after Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests from cam­paign group Lo­cal, Equal, Ex­cel­lent, showed even fewer gram­mar school places went 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.

Mr Berry spoke at the lat­est ed­u­ca­tion se­lect com­mit­tee meet­ing on Tues­day last week, ask­ing what the county coun­cil could do to hold gram­mar schools to ac­count.

He said: “All the ev­i­dence I have seen shows it has not been suc­cess­ful.

“A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of state ed­u­cated chil­dren in the last exam failed to get a gram­mar school place.”

He added he had been told the re­port was con­fi­den­tial, and ar­gued the re­sults should have been made pub­lic.

Bucks County Coun­cil spokesman said legally the



school coun­cil has no duty to publish the re­sults and it can­not hold the schools to ac­count, but aims to work with them.

He said gram­mar schools will ad­dress con­cerns when they ap­pear at the meet­ing.

He added: “I made it clear we asked gram­mar schools to present their data and we have asked the gram­mar schools to do that.

“It is their data and they need to be held to ac­count for the test that they are im­ple­ment­ing and that’s what I have said con­sis­tently and that is why we have ar­ranged for them to come to the next meet­ing.”

The sec­ondary trans­fer exam re­sults and anal­y­sis will be dis­cussed on Novem­ber 4, be­fore the gram­mar schools will present ev­i­dence on Novem­ber 19.

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