Head teachers have said disadvantaged pupils could be offered the opportunity to sit the 11-plus exam at a later date to give them time to catch-up on content missed during school closures, according to TES.
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) has said its preferred option for testing this year is to delay the 11-plus until later in the autumn term.
The parents of two children in Northern Ireland have won High Court permission to challenge decisions to delay this year’s post-primary transfer tests, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
State school intake at the University of Cambridge increased to a record 68.7 percent of total acceptances, up from 65.2 percent in 2018-2019, the university’s newspaper Varsity reported.
Transfer tests are fairer for pupils than “selection by parental wealth,” according to the Association for Quality Education (AQE), one of the two test providers.
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield has apologised after students from the school were allowed to attend a leavers’ day celebration despite turning up as “slaves and slave masters”.
Entrance exams to Bourne Grammar School in Lincolnshire have been delayed by a week due to the pandemic.
The proportion of children from poorer families going to grammar school in England has gone backwards despite a government push to widen their intakes, The Independent has reported.
The Barnes Children’s Literary Festival (9-14 June) is online this year. It’s all free and includes top children’s authors Emma Carol (To the Lighthouse), Caroline Lawrence (Roman Mysteries), SF Said (Varjak Paw), Lisa Thomson (The Goldfish Boy), Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Millions) and Andy Griffiths (Treehouse series).
Buckinghamshire education officials are considering delaying the county’s 11-plus exams in response to the coronavirus pandemic.