Hasn't CEM been going on for a while? I thought Birmingham have had CEM for more than I dare to remember now.
...and having access to a question bank or whatever doesn't mean the child will pass. In our county 11+ is it an opt in system so I doubt the children you are thinking of would benefit as they will probably not even take the test in the first place.
Life is never fair and never will it be.
I could ask is it fair that people in this country throw HUGE piles of food away when there are starving children around the world? I could further ask is it even fair to moan about state provision when millions around the world aren't even going to school because they are too poor to afford the school fees?
Those who can play the system will. It's just what it is. Is it right? NO, but it is what it is for now.
...and sometimes even in these same schools that are selective, if you drill down you will find disparities in outcomes mainly based on family income. I know a few from "disadvantaged" backgrounds who attend local grammars here and their GCSE and A Levels outcomes are in the bottom 20% if not 10% of their particular school.
And finally (this is kind of a personal question)- if one is a member of this forum, does it imply that one is a supporter of the system and ought those with differing views really make themselves scarce? (I can take it - I have asked!)