16 Sep '14

News State school pupils doing worse in 'tutor-proof' 11-plus tests

Buckinghamshire's new exam was meant to improve poorer children's access to grammar schools. So what happened?The start of the autumn term is a bittersweet time for headteacher Sue Lewin. Settling new entrants at her Buckinghamshire junior school quickly gives way to five weeks of stress and anxiety for older pupils preparing to move to secondary school.Choosing a new school can be a fraught process for families everywhere. But in Buckinghamshire, one of 15 fully selective authorities, the pressure starts early. Over the last fortnight pupils have sat preparation papers for the 11-plus, and the real exam. Many will have been coached for months, or years. Continue reading...

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