More upheaval for Bucks parents and children as grammar schools replace 11-plus test with the old ‘discredited’ test

The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools* has announced the appointment of a new 11-plus test provider in Buckinghamshire – reappointing the old test provider, just five years after they were sacked in favour of a new test provider. GL Assessment, who provided the 11-plus test for Bucks prior to 2013, will replace the Centre for Evaluation and … Read more

LEE responds to government green paper

Local Equal Excellent have submitted their response to the government’s green paper ‘Schools that work for everyone’. The response sets out the case against the government’s plans to expand grammar schools, as well as the extensive evidence showing that selection suppresses attainment, damages schools and causes social division. The response states: ‘The government should continue … Read more

Bucks 11-plus test provider admits they have no evidence that their test is ‘tutor proof’

In the week when thousands of children across Bucks will sit the 11 plus test, the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (providers of the Bucks 11 plus test) have admitted that they have no evidence that their test is in fact ‘tutor proof’. The revelation comes as new data shows that even bright children from … Read more

LEE tells Justine Greening that selection ‘damages the educational chances of the majority of children’

Dear Justine Greening Congratulations on your appointment as Secretary of State for Education. One of the issues in your in-tray will be the future of grammar schools. Much of the debate around the merits of selective systems is framed by competing ideologies and pervasive myths rather than the evidence. We therefore wanted to take this … Read more

Exposed: Racial bias at the heart of 11-plus selection

Evidence collected by Local Equal Excellent*, drawn from analysis of data collected over several years, has revealed that Buckinghamshire’s 11+ test contains clear and substantial bias against children from certain ethnic groups, in particular children of Pakistani and Black Caribbean heritage. The ‘new’ 11+ exam, developed by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM at … Read more

New figures show how grammar schools are shutting out local children from less affluent areas

Figures published by The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools last week show that children attending state primary schools in Bucks’ two biggest towns, High Wycombe and Aylesbury, are doing much worse than other Bucks children in the 11+ exam. The latest figures come just days before grammar schools heads are due to appear at County Hall to … Read more

Children from better-off homes still come out on top under ‘tutor proof’ 11+ exam

A report published today sets out new evidence that the introduction of the so-called ‘tutor proof’ 11+ exam in Buckinghamshire has failed to help children from more disadvantaged homes get grammar school places. Who benefits? The new ‘tutor proof’ 11+ exam in Bucks describes the startling way in which the 11+ continues to select for … Read more