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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:02 pm 
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I was shocked to hear that VR may be abolished in Gloucestershire. I have heard that a number of Grammar Schools have requested their students sit a "new test" to see how they get on purely for research. Has anyone else heard this ? do they know what the new content will be ? and which year it may be rolled out from ?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:15 pm 
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Hi sunshine, there is a thread about this in gloucestershire forum. Year 7 pupils from each grammar sat the test mid January. It is being presumed that any change will be from the oct 2014 test.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:39 pm 
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Hi Stroudy Dad

Any chance you could point me there ? I am not very good at navigating, I can't find it, what is the subject title please ?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:48 pm 
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Thanks Yoyo. I have never yet been able to post a link properly so don't bother trying anymore..:-)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:29 pm 
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Thanks guys, shock over. I just hope they announce one way or another soon. Having read about it, it is probably a better all round assessment. A shame my DD will be the first year who will sit it :?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:50 am 
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We might be in the same boat with you Sunshine. Not sure whether it's putting me off or not but that might be down to not knowing what exam we face and feeling as if my hands are tied at the moment.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:17 am 
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Us too and not sure if it's good or bad. My dd is smart but his handwriting is appalling and it would be such a shame if he were to miss out because of it but such is life. We're a fair way off so he may improve by then (although I've been saying that for years :lol: )

My dd is due to take her GCSE (O levelly things or whatever it is they are going to call it) in 2017 so she will be in a guinea pig year too. Going through the grammar process with her was bad enough - can't wait for this!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:34 am 
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Stressed?Moi? wrote:
Us too and not sure if it's good or bad. My dd is smart but his handwriting is appalling

I'd be truly surprised if the quality of the handwriting was taken into account. Bad writing can be a sign of a fast bright brain but the muscles in the hand having trouble keeping up.

If the exam were going to be changed, I would expect the Admissions Policy for each school to reflect that. The policies for 2014 are out for consultation by the public at the moment. Some schools don't mention the type of the exam, others (I think) just mention a VR paper. Have a look either at the schools web sites or Glos CC to find them.

Finally, I think (my personal opinion) that the schools are always trying to find ways of minimising the 'tuition/tutoring for the test' effect. They want to select the brightest pupils rather than the 'brightest of those who have been tutored along with the few who were not tutored but were super-bright'. This seems entirely sensible and fair to me.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:48 am 
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capers123 wrote:
Stressed?Moi? wrote:
Us too and not sure if it's good or bad. My dd is smart but his handwriting is appalling

I'd be truly surprised if the quality of the handwriting was taken into account. Bad writing can be a sign of a fast bright brain but the muscles in the hand having trouble keeping up.

If the exam were going to be changed, I would expect the Admissions Policy for each school to reflect that. The policies for 2014 are out for consultation by the public at the moment. Some schools don't mention the type of the exam, others (I think) just mention a VR paper. Have a look either at the schools web sites or Glos CC to find them.

Finally, I think (my personal opinion) that the schools are always trying to find ways of minimising the 'tuition/tutoring for the test' effect. They want to select the brightest pupils rather than the 'brightest of those who have been tutored along with the few who were not tutored but were super-bright'. This seems entirely sensible and fair to me.


Absolutely agree. I think that VR alone will become a thing of the past and this may not necessarily be a bad thing as it seems quite restrictive. It has to be about taking in the brightest at the end of the day even if that means that our children don't pass. Hope you're correct about the handwriting Capers. This is what his teachers say; he is very bright and fast but his hands just don't work at the same speed - it's like he just wants to put into writing what is in his head, as quickly as possible, sadly with messy consequences. Not sure what to do as I don't want to interfere with his thought processes, but none of it is any good if an examiner can't read it. Ho hum.


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