Renewed calls for 11+ test to be scrapped

Renewed calls for 11+ test to be scrapped

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:41am 17th September 2019.

After last week's errors in the 11+ test across Buckinghamshire, there are new calls to scrap it altogether.

Last Thursday, children sitting the exam were faced with 'unanswerable' questions.

An urgent investigation was started into what went wrong and what should happen next.

Now there are renewed calls to scrap the system, which many see as unfair.

Katy Simmons, from campaign group Local Equal Excellent, told us:

"It seems to underline quite strongly the intrinsic unfairness and the divisiveness and distress that the 11+ causes."

The group say this latest issue shows why the system needs to be scrapped.

Bucks County Council
An urgent review is underway

Katy added:

"It's time now to abandon the test. How can the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools claim that their test predicts the future educational ability of 11 year old children, when their testers can't even proof read correctly?

"The 11+ is a fraud and would fail any trading standards test."

Rebecca Hickman, also from Local Equal Excellent, said:

"The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools fired this test provider just six years ago after admitting that their test was not fair, but brought them back last year because no-one else would provide the exam.

"This is just the latest in a catalogue of failings for the Bucks selective system. The truth is that there is no one-off, high-stakes test at age 11 that can ever deliver fairness for local children. The system is flawed from the bottom up, and the test must go."

Local Equal Excellent say they would like to see every local child having access to a good secondary school in their area.

GL Assessment and the Bucks Grammar Schools said:

"We understand the anxiety this error has caused and can only apologise once again to the parents, carers and children involved. Our overriding priority now is to find a solution that is fair for all children.

"We would like to assure all parents and candidates that there will be a fair resolution and we will update parents in the next few days. In the meantime, several parents and carers have contacted us directly, and we will reply to each enquiry as soon as we can."

Bucks County Council told us they would be working with GLA and the Bucks Grammar Schools on finding a solution.

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