What difference does a year make? Part 3

This is part three in a series of posts exploring trends in attainment over time by month of birth. Other posts in the series can be found here. The first two blogposts in this series showed that pupils’ attainment varies with their month of birth, with September-born pupils on average having higher attainment than those born [...]

By | May 12th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

Kent 11-plus, part 5: Headteacher panels are not helping disadvantaged children as much as we might expect

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. Headteacher panels form an important part of the Kent 11-plus process, but as we have seen, there is a question mark over whether they are better at identifying [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part 4: Headteacher panels may be no better at identifying the most capable children than the tests are themselves

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. Passing the 11-plus isn’t the only way to get into a Kent grammar school, as we’ve seen. Headteacher panels review around 2,000 pupils each year, with approximately half [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part 3: The reasoning part of the test is loaded against poorer children

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. Children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) are less likely to sit the 11-plus in Kent. And when they do, they are far less likely to [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part 2: Some children will be being passed or failed incorrectly – but we have no idea how many

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. All tests are unreliable to some extent, so a person’s score is partly a matter of chance. This means that for some, the decision to offer a grammar [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part 1: The rules you set determine who passes

This post was updated at 20.00 on 5 May 2017 to clarify our view of how favourable a move to one of the three alternative sets of qualifying rules described in this post would be. This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part ii: How does the 11-plus work in Kent?

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. So, pupils sit a test and those with the highest scores get to go to grammar school. Right? Wrong. The process of securing a place at a Kent [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Admissions|