Selective Tests 2020
UPDATED THURSDAY 21ST MAY 2020
21st May 2020
Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,
Please find the updated information that has been provided from KCC regarding the Kent Test:
'We understand that many of you with children in Year 5 are very anxious to know what will happen about the Kent Test when the new school year starts in September. We are carefully considering what might be deliverable, depending on advice from central government as the pandemic runs its course and decisions are made about the easing of lockdown for children of primary school age.
Many factors could change between now and the end of term and this means that we are currently unable to tell you exactly how we will assess children for grammar school in the new academic year. We can confirm, however, that we will need some way to identify which children are eligible.
Testing has the benefit of being available to the thousands of grammar school applicants we normally assess every year, however recently they have arrived in Kent and wherever they usually study, even if they are home educated, so it would be the most straightforward option if it is possible. Whatever is decided, though, we need to be confident that we can keep the risk to children and their teachers as low as possible, allowing grammar schools meet their legal obligations in a fair and transparent way, while allowing KCC to stay within the national timetable for coordinating school admissions.
We appreciate that everyone of school age is missing classroom teaching, but it is fortunate that there are many excellent resources available through schools and education sites for children. Familiarisation material for the Kent Test can also be found in the “Test Paper” tab below.
We will update our website for everyone’s benefit when we have received further guidance from the Department for Education and there is a clearer understanding of what arrangements may be possible. In the meantime, we would ask that parents monitor the Kent Test page for updates, rather than sending individual enquiries. We do understand that uncertainty is difficult, especially for children, but KCC is unable to confirm what arrangements will be in place until there is a clearer understanding of how children are likely to return to school in greater numbers"'.
Information about the Kent Test from KCC:
It is understandable that families would like to have a clear idea of what is going to happen to the Kent Test in the light of the current Covid-19 lockdown, but unfortunately it is too early to confirm anything other than that provision will be made for children to be assessed so that Kent’s grammar schools can determine which of their applicants can be admitted.
A selection mechanism of some type will need to be applied, however, as it is unclear when restrictions will be released, or when schools will be back in session, it would be premature to fix a solution now. There is national legislation around the co-ordinated admissions process, so the action which can be taken regarding the timing of the Kent Test will also depend on advice from the DfE, which has yet to be issued.
The loss of direct teaching time is concerning but unavoidable. All schools are continuing to provide support for their Year 5 pupils and there are many National Curriculum resources available free online. Our website has also offered access to free familiarisation material for a number of years. Unlike the national exams which have been cancelled, the Kent Test does not examine a taught syllabus. The process which determines what level of test performance will constitute a “pass” is set by KCC after the test has been completed, so there is also scope for flexibility when the Council considers the impact of the lockdown on everyone taking part.
A more detailed plan will be shared as soon as it is available.
11+ 2020 Update to Parents
We were due to hold our Parent Information Evening on 6th May regarding 11+ tests to be taken in September 2020. However, I know that some of you are asking questions regarding the arrangements for the tests for this year following on from the school closures. I would like to update you with the current information that we have available. As always, children cannot go to Grammar school unless they are deemed selective. This means either passing the test or being successful via an appeal. The location of Joydens Wood Junior School means that children can sit the Kent and/or Bexley tests.
Kent Test for 2021 Admissions
Registrations for the Kent Test will open on 1 June 2020 and close at midnight on 1 July 2020 for children due to start secondary school in September 2021. This is completed through the KCC website. Parents will be informed closer to the time if any adjustments need to be made to the Kent Test as a result of the recent school closures for the majority of children.
Bexley Test for 2021 Admissions
Children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 can sit the Bexley selection test in September 2020 when they are in Year 6 of primary school.
- all children must be registered online between 1 May and 3 July 2020, including children who attend primary schools in Bexley
- test sessions will be on Tuesday 15 or Wednesday 16 September 2020
- all registered children who attend a primary school in Bexley will sit the test on the morning of 16 September, either in their own school or in a test centre
- all other children will be invited to one morning or afternoon test session on either 15 or 16 September at a secondary school in Bexley
- you can apply for access arrangements if your child has a disability or special need. Please ask your child’s school to complete the Special Arrangements Application Form, using the guidance notes
There will be two test papers containing a mixture of questions on verbal reasoning and comprehension, non-verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning.
Each paper will be divided into timed sections, and instructions will be given on an audio soundtrack. Most questions are multiple-choice, and all answers are marked on a separate machine-readable answer sheet. There will be a short break between the two test papers.
All parents who register their child for the test will be sent a link to familiarisation material. The test provider, CEM, does not sell past papers or practice books.
Please link on the following to apply for the Bexley Test:
It is your decision on whether to register your child for these tests. As soon as we are given any updated information, we will update you.
Click HERE for parent presentation which took place on 9th May 2019, we are unable to update this for the 2020 test until we have further information.