Here a topic that might spark some debate. Kent Online reports that “thousands of primary school pupils could be taking the 11-plus test in September under plans for a major and potentially controversial shake-up in admissions arrangements in the county.”
Kent County Council is to push ahead with its plan to bring forward the tests to allow parents to know the outcome before they apply for a place at secondary school. If approved, it would start this year.
The move is in line with new Government guidance on when pupils should take tests in areas with selective schools and is likely to be welcomed by some parents.
But county education chiefs are already facing a backlash among some schools, who say it is too early for pupils to be sitting the test and will place teachers under further pressure.
In a survey conducted by KCC as part of the consultation, 60 per cent of Year Five parents favoured taking the test in September but only 18 per cent responded.
KCC also says "most" schools supported the move although it is understood a signficant number, including all Kent’s Catholic schools opposed it.
A report setting out the plans will be presented to KCC’s Conservative cabinet in February.