It is wrong to stream kids from the age of 11

The daughter of a friend of mine recently failed her Kent Test. So I finally have proof of something I’ve been thinking for a while. It’s not Kent youngsters who are stupid: it’s the Kent Test. This is a girl who has a reading age of 14; who has been reading by herself since the age of seven; who is imaginative and creative, funny and intelligent, kind and considerate and who has all the qualities to make her an accomplished and well-rounded human being. And yet she failed her test. I won’t go into details here. There were mitigating circumstances. … Continue reading It is wrong to stream kids from the age of 11

A first-class education is a right, not a privilege

Closure I was sad the hear of the closure of the Chaucer Technology School earlier this year as my son was a pupil there. When Joe failed his Kent Test he was very depressed. We chose the Chaucer as the only school looking anything like a Comprehensive in the area at the time. In order to get into the school he had to do another test; which he passed, with flying colours. This cheered him up no end. Joe went on to get three A levels and a First Class Honours degree. He now works in the photography industry as … Continue reading A first-class education is a right, not a privilege