I appreciate that many of you may be going through the trauma of 11+ 2015 results right now, but having been through the same **** two years ago forgive me for jumping ahead to 2016 when DS sits the test!
The thought has occurred to me that with the scrapping of the old reporting system 4a, 4b etc and a new one of emerging, expected and exceeding taking its place (at our school at least), how will that affect the 11+ reviews? How can you provide proof of ability if all you have is expected or exceeding on their school report? With the new curriculum in place I am hearing that in maths, for example, pupils now have extra ground to cover to get the same grades, so I'm assuming that my son's report by the end of year 5 will not show much improvement. Will the review panel be aware of this?
Also our school has just introduced the star accelerated learning reading scheme and in the first test the computer has decided that DS reading age is actually below what it was as per the old test done 2 years earlier! If I need to go to review this time next year then I certainly won't be putting forward his reading age as an argument whereas someone whose school uses another system may!
Maybe I just don't know enough yet about the new systems so any thoughts or information to ease my mind would be appreciated!
No negative thoughts allowed for next year...........think positive.
Both my sons schools assess reading age using accelerated reader, so that is well known and seems to reflect their ability, in this household anyway, quite accurately.
I'm sure this year will be tricky for panels but by next year things will be more organised again as the new methods are better understood.
Does your primary use cats?
The head teacher recommendations and their accuracy will be important.
But mostly.....think positive thoughts if your child is bright enough to attend grammar school and be comfortable with the pace then in most cases they will pass. You read more about the exceptions on here as people are reaching out for help when something went wrong or some parents are just very passionate about gs so misjuudge their child's educational needs.