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Kendrick Consultation Update

Kendrick School have published their conclusions from the consultation they carried out into expanding from a 96 form entry to (96+32=)  128. The school say 72% of 102 respondents to their web campaign (73 people) were positive but make no … Continue reading

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The history of ‘Super-Selection’

Two events over a quarter of a century ago combined to create Reading’s two super-selective grammar schools.  The first of these was the 1988 Great Education Reform Bill, aimed at bringing the market economy to schooling through parental choice informed … Continue reading

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Response to Kendrick School Consultation

An open letter to Ms Kattirtzi I am writing on behalf of over a hundred people who signed a petition asking Kendrick School to admit more disadvantaged girls by setting aside all of the proposed new places for disadvantaged girls, … Continue reading

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Kendrick’s admissions policy helps one quarter of a disadvantaged girl every year!

If you think funding for educating disadvantaged children should actually go to them please sign my petition. Kendrick School’s admissions policy appears to give preference to disadvantaged girls but on average benefits just one quarter of a girl each year.  … Continue reading

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Can o’ worms

Following Louise Tickle’s piece in the Guardian, there has been widespread speculation regarding my motivation for wanting 11+ test marks to be made public.  Contrary to some speculation, I am not trying to get my 16 year old son into … Continue reading

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Lies, damned lies and the Tory manifesto on Education

To quote Mark Twain, There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Perhaps it’s time to replace the last of these with political manifestos. In April the government opened some rather mundane consultation on the way they … Continue reading

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GL Assessment, “11+ tests disadvantage dyslexics and EAL”

The Schools Adjudicator asked Altrincham Boys Grammar School (ABGS) to provide assurances that their 11+ tests don’t disadvantage children with special educational needs (SEN) or those who spoke English as a second language (EAL).  ABGS asked the examiners, GL Assessment … Continue reading

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The myth of ‘grammar school standard’ exposed in five and a half minutes.

Why are the results of tests used to decide who attends publicly funded schools withheld from the public?  Watch the film and find out. Click here to see the film. 

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Will poorer families benefit from the return of Grammar Schools?

On Monday the outgoing chief Ofsted inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said, “The notion that the poor stand to benefit from the return of grammar schools strikes me as quite palpable tosh and nonsense” (gov.uk, Sept 2015).  In a House of … Continue reading

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Proposed annexation of Devon

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan Education Secretary The Government London 13 May 2016 Dear Nicky Morgan, Following the announcement that the Weald of Kent grammar school will be opening an annexe in Sevenoaks, I’m delighted about the additional choice this … Continue reading

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