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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:49 pm 
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The Times Education Supplement has an interesting article regarding The Department of Education's plan to introduce of an "11+ Tutor Adjustment Standardisation Scheme". The scheme essentially is used as an adjustment to candidates taking 11+ selection tests. The principal is that where a tutor has a significant positive effect on the results of their pupils an adjustment must be applied to offset this bias.

When candidates sit papers in 2008 they will be required to record their tutors registration code number. No adjustment will be made in 2008 however candidates in 2009/10 will have an adjustment made.

Students who have attended tutors, with a high success rate will have points deducted to 'create a level playing field'.

Where students have been home tutored a simple mechanism will be applied since sufficient data will not be available to calculate the adjustment with any degree of precision. The white paper suggests that home tutored pupils will have a deduction of 5% applied to their raw scores.

Interesting stuff.

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April Fool?


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Sadly no, Bexley Mum - it's in the Education Guardian today.


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How will this be monitored? Do the tutors have to submit some kind of return? Surely if a parent thinks their child will be "penalised" for having a tutor they will not include details on the form? The idea is a good one in principle because it takes account of the fact that not all families have the ability to pay for addition help for their children but it does feel a bit "Big Brother-ish".

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And what would be the decision of a tutor with their own children? At what point would helping with homework be considered tutoring? How much tutoring - 6 weeks beforehand or from birth!? And who would police it?
I agree with BM2 this is completely laughable. April Fool.


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This is difficult to believe!!!
Surely one would want to hide the truth? Giving false details to the tutor, for example. If you have to have the tutoring offset, then surely there is no point to it.
Still feels like a April Fool's joke to me!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:43 am 
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SunlampVexesEel wrote:
When candidates sit papers in 2008 they will be required to record their tutors registration code number.


I didn't think any scheme existed to register tutors! Sounds like an April fool to me as well


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:30 pm 
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Y wrote:
Sounds like an April fool to me as well

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Don’t worry SunlampVexesEel it sounded quite credible to me! :wink:
Nothing the government does anymore surprises me..
There are a few other policies that would have me believe they were April fools..

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Good one SVE!!!


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