A former student has been invited back to Spalding Grammar School to share his experience of racism as a pupil there while two more NI grammars abandon transfer test.
Sir Roger Manwood’s in Kent has said it may have to close its boarding facility while the Education Endowment Foundation has said catch-up tuition would help poorer students after lockdown.
Lockdown has inevitably led to more screen time for many children – it may be wishful thinking but wouldn’t it be fantastic if some of that screen time could be harnessed for 11-plus preparation?
There has been no government announcement that grammar school entry tests in England will be cancelled this autumn but primary principals from 24 primary schools in Northern Ireland have called for transfer tests to be suspended.
Five Catholic grammar schools in Northern Ireland have said they will not use transfer tests to select pupils for 2021.
With schools not yet fully reopened following the Covid-19 pandemic, there is uncertainty surrounding the 11-plus exams due to take place this autumn. This is what we know so far.
Bucks looking for way to hold 11-plus tests
Fears have been raised that several Bucks children could miss out on grammar school places because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bucks Free Press reports (4 May 2020).
Among the elite, the comprehensive school is a minority background, where independent and grammar schools are more usual, according a new study by The Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission.
The University of Durham’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), a leading provider of the 11-plus test, has been sold to Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press, Schools Week reported (June 11, 2019).
Target schools: The Henrietta Barnett School, The Tiffin Girls’ School, Nonsuch High School for Girls (2019)
School achieved: Nonsuch High School for Girls (out of catchment place)