January 2021

Rethinking the 11+ exam

Guest post by Alex Paseau. The author teaches at Oxford University. The 11+ exam has been roundly criticised by opponents of academic selection. But even those who believe in academic selection should recognise that the 11+ in its current form is flawed. It needs to be rethought. The first argument against the current 11+ is …

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Changes in 7+/8+/11+ exams

Here we are, 9 months into the pandemic, and perhaps predictably, the absurdity of testing thousands of 6 to 10 year olds just after the Christmas holidays is becoming apparent to all. The wisest schools shifted their exams to the autumn term (7+ and some 8+ in person, 11+ online via ISEB or CEM pre-test), …

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