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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:35 pm 
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Unfortunately my DS did not qualify for a Buks GS. He is a brilliant child currently on a level 5 in both Maths and English but I feel that he has been penalised because of his age ( he is 11 years and 2 months) which I think is very unfair. I am still thinking whether if I should appeal or not as we are also OOC. I am also wondering whether he would qualify for a Berks GS.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:54 pm 
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Hi Sunflower - what scores did your son get? Have you read the appeals Q&A yet?

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:07 pm 
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Sunflower, are you aware that the Bucks 11plus is standardised for age so that no one is supposed to be disadvantaged for their age. Children born in each month are only compared to other children born in the same month, so approx 30% pass from each month. Having said that it is true that the older children generally have to score higher than the younger ones to achieve the same score, but I don't think, from what I have read that it would be much of an argument in an appeal.

I think the Slough 11plus was last weekend, but I could be wrong. Good luck if you decide to appeal.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:04 pm 
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Yes the Slough exam for out of borough children was Saturday and earlier if you are in borough. Has your son sat the Slough exam as well ? As scary mum says it is true that your child's score has been standardised for age, so you will need some alternate evidence of ability, for example CAT scores and your teacher/headteacher's support if you can get it. Have a read at the Q and As, and let us know how we can help, Etienne and Sally-Anne are wonderful. Good luck


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:06 am 
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Just to point out, no child is ‘penalised’ for their age. Scores are compared to other children with the same birth month rather than those who are older or younger.

All the available evidence suggests that if this was not done then children who are old in their year would be at a significant advantage and consequently the GS would be full of older but not necessarily brighter children.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:27 pm 
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Rob Clark wrote:
Just to point out, no child is ‘penalised’ for their age. Scores are compared to other children with the same birth month rather than those who are older or younger.


Hi, my child is September born and unfortunately did not achieve the qualifying score. He achieved 119 in both tests. Does that mean that his standardized score was affected by other september born childrens' scores in his class?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:58 pm 
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What do you mean? The scores will be standardised across all the September born children taking the rest, not just the ones in your son's class - which presumably could be 2 or 3 children.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:03 pm 
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Yes, as scary says his scores will have been compared to the rest of the September-born children taking the test this year, whichever school they are currently at.


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