Modelling Kendrick School’s proposed admission policy

Background Kendrick Grammar School is described as ‘super selective’ school.  Essentially, candidates sit an entrance test, the results are then standardised to an arbitrary level of precision to ensure each applicant can be uniquely ranked and places are awarded to … Continue reading


Covert selection

Andrews et al (2016) found there are, “170,000 pupils attend selective schools representing 5.2 per cent of all secondary-aged pupils in state funded secondary schools.”  The EPI team were very precise with their wording but it’s all too easy to … Continue reading


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


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


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


Kendrick Expansion

If you think public funding for disadvantaged children should actually go to disadvantaged chilren please sign my petition. At a time when state schools budgets are being pared to the bone, the government have announced £50m to fund additional grammar … Continue reading


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


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


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


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