Do any parents currently in yr 7 in a Bucks GS think the year/cohort is any different to previous years having passed the new CEM exam.
Now before I begin, don't shoot the messenger! When I attended an open morning at Bucks Grammar the Deputy Head (I think that was who it was, or maybe a head of year?) was asked this exact question and her response was that they did notice there was a difference in terms of reading age (they assess this with some baseline test they do at the start of year 7), that the new cohort (last year's first round of CEM testers) had a lower reading age on average than what they've had previously BUT she did say that they need a few years worth of data before they get a true picture! And obviously reading age is only one part of the picture. Perhaps now that they are also testing Numerical and Non-verbal, they will be getting pupils coming through who are stronger in other areas which the old test would not have tested. Only time will tell the impact of all this when these children come to do their GCSEs.