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Kent 11-plus, part 4: Headteacher panels may be no better at identifying the most capable children than the tests are themselves

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. Passing the 11-plus isn’t the only way to get into a Kent grammar school, as we’ve seen. Headteacher panels review around 2,000 pupils each year, with approximately half [...]

By |2018-09-27T17:44:23+01:005th May 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part i: An introduction to our work

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. Welcome to the first in a series of blogposts from Education Datalab on the experience of those who sit the 11-plus in Kent – determining who does, and [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:12:23+01:005th May 2017|Admissions|

What PISA tells us about pupils from ordinary working families

Last week, we heard a lot from the government about their interest in children from ‘ordinary working families’. (For our initial take on the topic, see here and here.) In its new consultation document, the Department for Education has provided information on the GCSE grades and progress of these children – defined as those not [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:02:25+01:0020th April 2017|Admissions, Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

‘Ordinary working families’ won’t get access to grammar schools – and government data confirms as much

The new government consultation on ‘ordinary working families’ is being used as the latest piece of arsenal to shore up support for grammar schools among the general public (the majority of whose children will, of course, get to attend secondary moderns). From it they conclude that the children of ordinary working families stand a good [...]

By |2017-10-23T13:16:23+01:0012th April 2017|Admissions, Pupil demographics|
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