Go to navigation
It is currently Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:58 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:04 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:37 pm
Posts: 14
My son is taking practise 11+ exams at his primary school this week. The school is not intending to give any feedback until September. This seems ridiculous to me - how are they supposed to remember what they've done? I know that those students who have done the practise exam at the grammer school (because they are out of county) had feedback the day they sat the exams. Do I have a right to request my son's paper back from his school before the summer hols?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:17 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:10 pm
Posts: 1068
Location: Lincolnshire
It is irritating that primary schools show no consistency at all when it comes to the practice tests. I am afraid that I have no idea whether you can "demand" the papers from the school. I suspect not as the practice papers are not changed year to year so some schools do not wish them to go home and risk them being disseminated.

I think that the "feedback" varies enormously between primary schools - ( I have known anything from simply marking the questions right or wrong in class with no further feedback except the score, sending the paper home to be marked by the parent, to going through it thoroughly explaining to the children what the correct answer is and how to approach the type of question) and also between the Grammars themselves. The "feedback" when some of my children sat the practice tests in the local Grammar was simply to go through the papers and mark them - no explanations.

Sorry not to be able to give a more definitive response.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:48 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 04, 2011 8:04 pm
Posts: 56
My son is an out of county applicant and he said they marked a couple of questions from each section. He sat the practice at Carres, Sleaford. They weren't allowed to bring the papers home so I have no idea how he did. I just got the usual reply "it was fine!" from him. Our primary doesn't do anything to help them prepare, its really frustrating. I can't see why your primary can't give you more feedback,especially if they are encouraging pupils to go for it, even if they don't allow you to actually take the paper away. As you say, it'd be helpful for you to know before September! Good luck.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:55 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:58 pm
Posts: 90
We receive the total raw marks for each test and the percentage for each test from our DD's primary. The school don't send the papers home for us to look at because they are past papers.

Good luck for september :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:46 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:37 pm
Posts: 14
Thanks for your replies. Practise was yesterday and the only feedback I got from my son was that it was 'fine' but he forgot how to do the codes - arrrrrrrrrrrrgh!! As expected no feedback from the school..


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:14 am
Posts: 938
I don't think we actually got feedback from the school although DS says he may have recieved a bit, but the pupils did several papers which were marked and which they could then bring home.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:07 pm
Posts: 501
Neither of the primaries my DC attend/ed give feedback on the 2 practice papers, although they do go through them with the children.

I wasn't bothered, I don't see any point in feedback from these because the primary cannot standardise them and the papers are used from year to year. When DS was doing 11+ his friend had done the very same papers with his tutor the night before and we also had a copy.

The papers in school, as far as I'm concerned, are simply just to give a feel for what the arrangements for the real test will be.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:44 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:58 pm
Posts: 90
FreddySam wrote:
Thanks for your replies. Practise was yesterday and the only feedback I got from my son was that it was 'fine' but he forgot how to do the codes - arrrrrrrrrrrrgh!! As expected no feedback from the school..



We've had our practise this week too.... This morning a few of the parents asked the Head if we could see the papers, and although he has been asked by kevigs not to let the papers leave the school he is happy for us to come into school and look at them. :)

HTH


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:12 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:37 pm
Posts: 14
That's an interesting idea - might try and see if I can do the same. It would just be useful to see the areas of weakness! It's just frustrating because I know that out of county children who did the test have had the opportunity to see how they have done - would be good to have a level playing ground!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Practise Papers
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:17 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed May 04, 2011 8:04 pm
Posts: 56
I'm out of county and we did the practice papers at Carres a couple of weekends ago. I can confirm that we weren't given feedback and the papers weren't marked in full, they just went through a couple of the questions in each section with the kids. As parents, we have been told nothing so please don't worry that we've had any advantage.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016