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Author:  custard [ Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:06 pm ]
Post subject:  age adjustment

Hi, I'm new to these forums and I have a son in year 5. I've heard that in some areas the scores are adjusted according to a child's birthday. Do they do this in Gloucestershire? This interests me because my DS was born in August.

Author:  Mum66 [ Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: age adjustment

Yes - the scores in Glos are standardised to ensure children who are young in their year group are not disadvantaged - but have no idea in practise if it makes a huge difference or not.

Author:  custard [ Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: age adjustment

Thanks, that's good news.

Author:  trampoline [ Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: age adjustment

Mum66 wrote:
Yes - the scores in Glos are standardised to ensure children who are young in their year group are not disadvantaged - but have no idea in practise if it makes a huge difference or not.


Does anyone have any idea whether in practice it does make a significant difference or not?
Have read some threads from previous years but got the impression that all the schools standardised in different ways and that no one really knew the extent to which it assisted those younger in the year.

Author:  PaterGloucester [ Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:39 pm ]
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I have no knowledge of the degree of adjustment that’s made, but I doubt it’s very much. It probably amounts to the equivalent of getting a couple of extra questions right in the exam if you’re the youngest, and having the same knocked off if you’re the oldest.

But as it’s observably true that Pates isn’t filled with either August- or September-born kids, I really wouldn’t worry about it.

Author:  trampoline [ Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:56 am ]
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PaterGloucester wrote:

But as it’s observably true that Pates isn’t filled with either August- or September-born kids, I really wouldn’t worry about it.


Ha, this is actually one of the very few things I am not worrying about! I don't have a Sept or Aug child so figure that it won't male too much difference as DS is towards the middle. Just interested in the whole process. :D

Author:  stroudydad [ Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:21 am ]
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My bIggest question is why do it at all? They have all had the same amount of school years.. Perhaps it should also be adjusted depending on which primary they attend, since that wil undoubtedly have an effect.

Author:  PaterGloucester [ Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:09 am ]
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stroudydad wrote:
My bIggest question is why do it at all? They have all had the same amount of school years..

In a word maturity. Older children have had longer in the world to absorb information, read etc.

stroudydad wrote:
Perhaps it should also be adjusted depending on which primary they attend, since that will undoubtedly have an effect.

And how would that work, exactly ?

Author:  stroudydad [ Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:41 am ]
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Pater, at the start of every reception year there will be children that can read when they arrive, and those that can't even recognise a letter, and age will have had nothing to do with that, just outside influence. My point being that what happens in a child's life has a huge impact on them, certainly far more than several months of age. Hence my point about schools, as locally I know of at least two state schools that do some prep for 11+ and others that don't.

Author:  Amber [ Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: age adjustment

stroudydad wrote:
Pater, at the start of every reception year there will be children that can read when they arrive, and those that can't even recognise a letter, and age will have had nothing to do with that, just outside influence. My point being that what happens in a child's life has a huge impact on them, certainly far more than several months of age. Hence my point about schools, as locally I know of at least two state schools that do some prep for 11+ and others that don't.
Gosh, never come across a state school in Glos which does any preparation for 11+. Quite hard to justify that in a crammed curriculum I should think.

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