We investigate how parents’ preferences, school selectiveness and admissions policy determine who gets to go to which schools

What does North Yorkshire tell us about how reliable the 11-plus is?

Congratulations! You’ve passed your 11-plus. How confident do you feel that you would have passed if you had sat a slightly different test on a different day of the week? In our recent analysis of the Kent 11-plus we expressed concern that the issue of who passes is incredibly sensitive to slight variation in candidate [...]

By | May 26th, 2017|Admissions|

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|