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Could you pass the 11-plus? Are you smarter than a 10 year-old

by Telegraph, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Selective secondary education is back into the spotlight with Prime Minister Theresa May announcing that the Government will make up to £50 million a year available to support the expansion of good or outstanding existing grammar schools.

The 11 Plus (also called the 11+ or Eleven Plus) is taken by pupils in their last year of primary school who are looking to gain a state funded grammar school place. The '11' refers to the school entry age, so most pupils are 10 years old when they sit the exams.

The test was born out of the tripartite system that was introduced to England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1944, that split schools into grammar, technical and secondary-modern classifications.

'Private schools divorced from normal life': Theresa May to get tough on independents in sweeping programme of education reform

by Telegraph, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Theresa May launches biggest education shake up for decades
Ofsted chief hits out at grammar school plans
Theresa May says 'Private schools divorced from normal life
New powers given to faith schools
May: 'I want Britain to be the world's great meritocracy'

Theresa May has set out plans for a new generation of selective grammar schools, as part of a drive to make Britain "the great meritocracy of the world".

Mrs May said the ban on new selective schools has held many pupils back , as she announced the Government will provide £50 million a year to support the expansion of existing grammars.

The Prime Minister said her reforms were designed to provide "a good school place for every child and one that caters for their individual needs."

This is what it takes to get into a grammar school

by BBC News, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Schools in England are to be given the right to apply to select pupils by ability, under plans also allowing grammar schools to expand.
Theresa May wants them to take quotas of poor pupils or help run other schools.
"The truth is that we already have selection... by house price, selection by wealth," the PM says.
Harry Potter-esque buildings, Latin and rugby teams are often associated with grammar education.

The prime minister wants to end the ban on new grammar schools. Quite right too

by Guardian, September 9, 2016

Academy and comprehensive schools are largely failures. Social mobility for bright pupils in deprived areas will be improved by more grammars

RA Butler’s 1944 education reforms revolutionised access to post primary education. Every child who demonstrated a capacity to benefit from it would receive a free academic education, previously only available to those whose parents could pay for it. The basis of the policy was that of equality of opportunity based on merit; and hundreds of thousands of working-class children were to take advantage of it over the next 30 years.

Theresa May plans 'tougher' test for private school tax breaks in education revolution

by International Business Times, September 9, 2016

Classified as General.

Conservative premier made the announcement as part of a major speech on education policy today.

Private schools have become "divorced from normal life" and will face "tougher" tests to justify their charity status, Theresa May announced on Friday (9 September).

"Most of the major public schools started out as a route by which poor boys could reach the professions, the nature of their intake may have changed today, indeed these schools have become more and more divorced from normal life," the Conservative premier said.

Religious selection in school admissions is utterly deleterious for integration

by Telegraph, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Fifteen years ago the Home Office commissioned me to lead a review into the factors that led to the race riots in and around Bradford, Leeds, Oldham, and Burnley.

In the subsequent report I expressed serious concern that many 'faith schools appear to be operating discriminatory policies where religious affiliations protect cultural and ethnic divisions'.

In a follow up report, I later wrote that the presence of faith schools with religious admission requirements were 'automatically a source of division'.

Theresa May announces massive education system shake-up reaching far beyond new grammar schools

by, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

The Prime Minister plans changes which will affect faith schools, private schools and beyond as she aims to make Britain a "great meritocracy" - but teachers aren't convinced

Theresa May finally officially revealed her plans for a new wave of grammar schools - and launched a massive shake-up of the education system.

The Prime Minister declared she wanted to help "ordinary working class families" and create a school system that works for everyone as she bids to end "selection by house price".

Mrs May had been expected to tear up Labour’s 1998 ban on building new grammar schools, but she also announced plans for faith schools, private schools and university involvement.

Was it hard to choose a school for your children?

by Guardian, September 9, 2016

As the row over grammar schools rumbles on, we want to hear from readers who found selecting a school for their children a difficult choice to make

As kids across the UK head back to school, pedagogical policy discussion has been dominated by the question of grammar schools.

The policy to extend selection beyond its current pockets may not mark a full return to selection – education secretary Justine Greening seemed lukewarm at best answering questions in the House today – but the debate factored in social mobility, class, and privilege.

All schools to get a chance to become grammars under Theresa May's plans

by Telegraph, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Every school in England will be given the opportunity to become a grammar school, Theresa May is to announce as she sets out the biggest changes to the education system in decades.

In the most revolutionary reform to education policy since the introduction of the national curriculum, Mrs May will announce a new generation of selective schools, reversing Tony Blair’s 1998 ban on grammars.

She will insist that any school wishing to become a grammar – selecting pupils on the basis of academic achievement – must abide by quotas for children from low-income homes.

Or they will be forced to build a “high quality, non-selective” free school or set up or sponsor a primary feeder school in a deprived area.

May: Grammar schools to end 'selection by postcode and wealth'

by ITV News, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Theresa May will unveil plans for a new wave of grammar schools on Friday, that will end "selection by house price" and give every child the chance to go to a good school.

In her first speech since becoming prime minister, she will say the "arbitrary rule" which prevents new selective schools from being opened has "sacrificed children's potential because of dogma and ideology".

Under her "ambitious package" of education reforms, new selective schools will have to meet targets on how many pupils they have from poor families or set up new open access schools and help failing institutions.

The controversial proposals will also allow other schools to introduce selection "in some circumstances".

Excellent grammars should be open to all

by Telegraph, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

It is still hard to come to terms with the pleasing prospect of a Tory government leading Britain out of the EU, let alone one that brings back grammar schools, too. But David Cameron is gone, Theresa May is in charge and today she will argue in a speech that selection in education can expand opportunities for all. Grammar schools undoubtedly do just that: just ask the countless Labour politicians who went to one.

The goal of Mrs May’s proposals is not to overhaul the entire system overnight and return to the grammar-led system of the Fifties. It is to foster choice gradually and make sure that poorer children can access schools tailored to their needs. This cannot be done by expanding the existing grammars alone: there are only 163 of them in England, out of some 3,200 state

London parents 'paying £45,000 more for homes near best schools'

by Evening Standard, September 9, 2016

Classified as General.

Parents have to pay an average of more than £45,000 extra to buy a home close to the best-performing secondary schools in London, according to new analysis.

The “good school premium” can run to hundreds of thousands of pounds in some parts of the capital with homes near the London Oratory School in West Brompton — where Tony Blair sent three of his children — commanding £330,000 more than the surrounding area, a study from London estate agents Stirling Ackroyd has found.

Michael Wilshaw: New grammar schools will 'put the clock back'

by Politics Home, September 9, 2016

The chief inspector of schools has delivered a scathing verdict on Theresa May’s plan for a new wave of grammars.

Sir Michael Wilshaw is the outgoing head of OfstedCredit: PA Images
The Prime Minister will confirm in a speech this morning that she is lifting the ban on new selective schools opening, saying she will not let “dogma and ideology” stand in the way.

But Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief of schools watchdog Ofsted, said the policy would “put the clock back”.

Pros and cons of grammar schools in England

by The Week, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Prime Minister Theresa May pledges quotas for poorer pupils at selective schools

Plans to lift Labour's ban on new grammar schools in England are due to be announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in a move that is already proving divisive among politicians.

In her first speech in the UK since taking over from David Cameron, she will outline proposals for selective schools to take a certain quota of pupils from lower-income families.

New grammars will also be expected to sponsor non-selective free schools.

Grammar Schools Aren’t The Problem - We Are

by Huffington Post, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Grammar Schools are once again dominating the British news realm with government plans to take a “pragmatic” look at the construction of new grammar schools. The announcement, luke warm though it was, has been enough to start the familiar debates rolling about Middle Class privilege versus offering opportunities to Working Class children.

The battle lines are familiar and the sound bites all well-worn but, in truth, we’re all shedding blood and ink over the wrong fight.

Theresa May promises new wave of grammar schools but vows they won't discriminate against poorer pupils

by Evening Standard, September 9, 2016

Classified as General.

A new wave of grammar schools will not discriminate against poorer children and will give them the chance to go to a good school, the Prime Minister will announce.

Theresa May’s controversial education proposals will call to end a current ban on opening grammar schools and allow schools to introduce selection "in some circumstances".

Mrs May will today vow to end "selection by house price" and give grammar schools targets requiring them to have a certain number of poorer pupils.

Theresa May's grammar schools plan slammed as 'backward step' by Sir Michael Wilshaw

by Evening Standard, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11plus.

Theresa May’s plans for a wave of new grammar schools ran into a storm of opposition today, with the chief inspector of schools branding them a “backward” step and some Tory MPs saying they risked creating inequality.

The most heavyweight attack came from Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw who said the upheaval could “halt” the dramatic improvements in education standards in London.

Thousands more children to benefit from anti-bullying app

by GOV.UK, September 9, 2016

£4.4 million government fund backs projects including tootoot app to let children use screenshots of online abuse to report bullying.

An online app that lets children report bullying using screenshots of social media will be rolled out to hundreds of schools thanks to a £4.4 million government fund.

‘Tootoot’ is an online platform providing 24-hour support to young people who are victims of bullying or online abuse.

Cyber bullying gives bullies the cover of anonymity but the app counteracts this by allowing children to report bullying incidents anonymously themselves.

Theresa May to relax faith schools admissions rules

by BBC, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

The government is set to relax rules on how faith schools select pupils, to allow new Catholic schools to open in England, according to a No 10 source.
A source said the admissions cap, which limits oversubscribed new faith schools to only selecting half of their intake by reference to faith, had failed.
It comes as the education secretary said ministers will take a "pragmatic" look at new grammar schools.
Justine Greening insisted these plans would not be a return to "the past".
Ms Greening said she wanted to offer parents choice but children would not be split into "winners and losers".

What is a grammar school? How schooling is different to state education and why they are controversial

by Metro, September 9, 2016

Classified as 11 Plus.

Theresa May will today announce that every school in England will be able to convert to a grammar or selective school.
The move will mark one of the biggest changes to the education system in decades, in a bid to improve the quality of education.
Under the plans, any state comprehensive or academy will be allowed to convert into a grammar school as long as they fulfill certain criteria.
These could include taking a quota of pupils from poorer backgrounds, opening up a non-selective school to run alongside it, there being enough demand for places and pupils only being accepted if they pass an entrance exam.