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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:08 am 
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It is from a rather unreliable source in terms of newspapers but still unless the people are actors,it would appear to have a grain of truth.I have children at an Essex grammar school and really - this is madness.The alternatives here in Essex, especially the areas mentioned, are really not that dire that you would put your child through this - crazy....or not?


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... chool.html


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:21 am 
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viewtopic.php?f=6&t=22217&hilit=journalist

she advertised on here for people ... guessed it would be a bit of a shock! horror! ...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:32 am 
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Do you think it was the journalist who posted here? (you beat me to it, HM)

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Oh, it must be.... we get a mention about halfway down :oops:

The thing is, articles like this add fuel to the fire.... parents tutor because other parents tutor and the cycle just goes on.

One parent over the summer, realising that we hadn't sent DD to a private tutor, simply declared that she couldn't possibly get in without it (We don't know yet, the results aren't in until saturday). But, we didn't want to go down that route, we want DD to be at a school that suits her.... we don't want to overtutor only for her to struggle at a grammar.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:40 am 
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"11+ harder than A-levels" :?

Discuss.

:lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:22 am 
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Marylou wrote:
"11+ harder than A-levels" :?

Discuss.

:lol:

Then the problem of oversubscription is solved! All the children who win places at the Grammar schools can just be awarded their A levels automatically and go straight on to University - thus freeing up places for the next tranche down. :D


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:25 am 
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push-pull-mum wrote:
Marylou wrote:
"11+ harder than A-levels" :?

Discuss.

:lol:

Then the problem of oversubscription is solved! All the children who win places at the Grammar schools can just be awarded their A levels automatically and go straight on to University - thus freeing up places for the next tranche down. :D


And saving an awful lot of time and trouble in the meantime. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:27 am 
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‘On the day of the exam, you see children crying, wetting themselves, or being sick. I have to prep my children that that’s what they will see and not to let it faze them.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... z1aZ91v81M


I believe she also took this quote from one of the forums maybe.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:27 am 
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Marylou wrote:
"11+ harder than A-levels" :?

Discuss.

:lol:



The competition is ,in many ways, harder than at A levels.In the areas with super selectives, children can miss out by a fraction of one percent.If your local alternatives are truly worrying ,(which isn't really the case here), then the whole process and competition is harder than A levels.No re sits and no clearing system too.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:31 am 
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Chelmsford mum wrote:
Marylou wrote:
"11+ harder than A-levels" :?

Discuss.

:lol:



The competition is ,in many ways, harder than at A levels.In the areas with super selectives, children can miss out by a fraction of one percent.If your local alternatives are truly worrying ,(which isn't really the case here), then the whole process and competition is harder than A levels.No re sits and no clearing system too.

Very good points, Chelmsford mum - it is about the only test you can never retake - but good point too that the Essex schools really aren't that bad. Essex has a bad enough reputation in the media already without these articles re-enforcing the idea that all the children who don't get into Essex Grammars are consigned to a sink school with zero chance of a good future.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:50 am 
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Chelmsford mum wrote:
Marylou wrote:
"11+ harder than A-levels" :?

Discuss.

:lol:



The competition is ,in many ways, harder than at A levels.In the areas with super selectives, children can miss out by a fraction of one percent.If your local alternatives are truly worrying ,(which isn't really the case here), then the whole process and competition is harder than A levels.No re sits and no clearing system too.


Probably explains why there is no appeal system for universities. (Good grief - imagine what a can of worms would be opened if there were!)

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