Action plan for getting more Southend children into the town's grammar schools

Southend Standard: Alex Kaye, chairman of the cross-party group that carried out the probe, hands its report to James Courtenay, councillor responsible for children and learning Alex Kaye, chairman of the cross-party group that carried out the probe, hands its report to James Courtenay, councillor responsible for children and learning

SOUTHEND Council could intervene in schools where poor teaching and leadership fails pupils, in an effort to halt the declining number of pupils passing the 11-plus.

The threat comes in a seven-point “pledge” to get more Southend pupils into grammar schools.

The action plan, drawn up by a cross-party team after a five-month probe, also recommends all bright Year 5 pupils are urged to consider taking the 11-plus and parents receive letters laying out the different secondary school options and calls for annual meetings with selective school headteachers to boost pass rates.

Councillor Alex Kaye, who spearheaded the project, said: “The project team was conscious of the fact grammar school education is not right for every child and supported the principle of parental choice.

“However, we felt it was important this choice comes from a knowledgeable position about what is available for all pupils transitioning fromprimary to secondary education.”

The council’s Tory cabinet will decide whether to adopt the plan later this year, but James Courtenay, councillor responsible for children and learning, has already backed the proposals.

Mr Courtenay, who tasked the councillors with the study after the proportion of Southend pupils passing the 11-plus fell to almost one in ten in 2012, said: “Their work is invaluable and I will review this report in detail with education officers, once it is formally presented to cabinet later in the year.

“However, I believe we should be able to implement all the recommendations – I will certainly be suggesting we do.”

Primary school governors would be expected to monitor year-on-year trends of which secondary schools pupils apply to and whether they get in, under the proposals.

The council would “challenge” primary schools on their use of a £953-a-year top-up for each poorer pupil, known as the “pupil premium”, as just one in 16 Southend secondary school pupils on free school meals attends a grammar school.

The councillors quizzed 16 primary school headteachers, the headteachers of the town’s four grammar schools, more than ten school governors, the youth mayor and members of the youth council, before coming up with the recommendations.

THE 7 POINT PLEDGE:

  1. The council will intervene in schools where pupil progress, teaching and leadership are below the expected standard
  2. The council expects headteachers and governors of every primary school to encourage children expected to achieve Level 5 at Key Stage 2 to enter the 11-plus
  3. Southend members of the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex will be invited to an annual meeting to monitor and review grammar school applications and admissions from Southend primary schools
  4. The council will write to all Year 5 pupils to advise them of secondary school options and publicise the options in a feature in its magazine, Outlook
  5. Primary schools will be challenged on their use of the “pupil premium”
  6. Primary school governors will be expected to monitor and review trends over which schools pupils apply to, and whether they get in
  7. A directory of support and outreach services, provided by Southend’s four grammar schools, will be published each year

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11:03am Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Don't help them too much, might encourage the wrong sort, into the elite grammar placements...That's why the secondary schools were built, for the under classes to get a basic education, for their basic existances.
Don't help them too much, might encourage the wrong sort, into the elite grammar placements...That's why the secondary schools were built, for the under classes to get a basic education, for their basic existances. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -6

11:18am Thu 3 Apr 14

Louisajo says...

Presumably Mr Courtenay is a fully qualified teacher, has been in educational management and has had years of experience in the education sector?
Presumably Mr Courtenay is a fully qualified teacher, has been in educational management and has had years of experience in the education sector? Louisajo
  • Score: 3

11:21am Thu 3 Apr 14

Nebs says...

If only one in ten pupils across the borough pass the 11 plus, what are the stats for each school in the borough and where are they published?
If only one in ten pupils across the borough pass the 11 plus, what are the stats for each school in the borough and where are they published? Nebs
  • Score: 4

11:26am Thu 3 Apr 14

lucy10 says...

good bye cllr Kay only 6 weeks to go before you are of the council
good bye cllr Kay only 6 weeks to go before you are of the council lucy10
  • Score: 5

11:27am Thu 3 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Louisajo wrote:
Presumably Mr Courtenay is a fully qualified teacher, has been in educational management and has had years of experience in the education sector?
Judging by the 11 plus results we'd be better off asking your questions to the current primary school teachers.
[quote][p][bold]Louisajo[/bold] wrote: Presumably Mr Courtenay is a fully qualified teacher, has been in educational management and has had years of experience in the education sector?[/p][/quote]Judging by the 11 plus results we'd be better off asking your questions to the current primary school teachers. Nebs
  • Score: 1

11:28am Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

lucy10 wrote:
good bye cllr Kay only 6 weeks to go before you are of the council
Better the Devil you know...
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: good bye cllr Kay only 6 weeks to go before you are of the council[/p][/quote]Better the Devil you know... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

1:31pm Thu 3 Apr 14

jayman says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Don't help them too much, might encourage the wrong sort, into the elite grammar placements...That's why the secondary schools were built, for the under classes to get a basic education, for their basic existances.
where do I begin...

I Believe all the things you despise the most about British society are the product of..... wait for it.... the elite.

a grammar school or private education doesn't produce free thinking individuals. Quite the opposite in fact.

alas you share the same set of values regarding education as this abhorrent man had.

"Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed" ---- Joseph Stalin ----
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Don't help them too much, might encourage the wrong sort, into the elite grammar placements...That's why the secondary schools were built, for the under classes to get a basic education, for their basic existances.[/p][/quote]where do I begin... I Believe all the things you despise the most about British society are the product of..... wait for it.... the elite. a grammar school or private education doesn't produce free thinking individuals. Quite the opposite in fact. alas you share the same set of values regarding education as this abhorrent man had. "Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed" ---- Joseph Stalin ---- jayman
  • Score: -5

2:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

It's got nothing to do with poor teaching ; the 11+ reflects home background. Compare Free School meals in normal schools and in Grammar schools.. The factor is by ten! Shown as well by middle class parents buying tutors to coach for 11+ exams.

Stop hiding - 11+ exams and grammar schools are middle class areas for those who don't want to pay private school fees.

(Primary Schools must follow the National Curriculum which does NOT match 11+ exams questions - another reason not to blame the schools.)
It's got nothing to do with poor teaching ; the 11+ reflects home background. Compare Free School meals in normal schools and in Grammar schools.. The factor is by ten! Shown as well by middle class parents buying tutors to coach for 11+ exams. Stop hiding - 11+ exams and grammar schools are middle class areas for those who don't want to pay private school fees. (Primary Schools must follow the National Curriculum which does NOT match 11+ exams questions - another reason not to blame the schools.) Jack222
  • Score: 3

3:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

the citizen says...

I have no issue with Grammar Schools - I have no issue with other secondary schools. I DO have issue with "here today - gone tomorrow" pseudo-politicians trying to stamp their mark on schools where the leadership of those schools have been qualified and passed rigorous testing before they reach that leadership position. As has already been asked...what qualifications do young James and the turncoat Councillor actually have to be making a demand from anyone? I see that young Courtney was voted in on 13% of the electorate in his ward. That is some mandate you have there young man. As for Cllr Kaye.........
I have no issue with Grammar Schools - I have no issue with other secondary schools. I DO have issue with "here today - gone tomorrow" pseudo-politicians trying to stamp their mark on schools where the leadership of those schools have been qualified and passed rigorous testing before they reach that leadership position. As has already been asked...what qualifications do young James and the turncoat Councillor actually have to be making a demand from anyone? I see that young Courtney was voted in on 13% of the electorate in his ward. That is some mandate you have there young man. As for Cllr Kaye......... the citizen
  • Score: 2

4:04pm Thu 3 Apr 14

I care about rayleigh says...

What is the point in pushing kids through the 11+ when they don't have the basic to meet the standards of wotk required by the grammar schools?
What is the point in pushing kids through the 11+ when they don't have the basic to meet the standards of wotk required by the grammar schools? I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 2

5:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
What is the point in pushing kids through the 11+ when they don't have the basic to meet the standards of wotk required by the grammar schools?
Here here, It's not supposed to be easy, unless you are clever, and thus know all the answers..
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: What is the point in pushing kids through the 11+ when they don't have the basic to meet the standards of wotk required by the grammar schools?[/p][/quote]Here here, It's not supposed to be easy, unless you are clever, and thus know all the answers.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Thu 3 Apr 14

mikepaterson says...

To get more local children to "pass" the eleven plus, they just have to set the pass mark lower. The mark is set by each Local Education authority and varies from year to year. http://www.11plus.co
.uk/11-exam-faq gives plenty of info:
The pass mark is different in each LEA (Local Education Authority) and may vary from year to year. This is because there are only a set number of Grammar School places available, so the number of students passing each year needs to remain in line with the number of places available.

You will be given your child's Standardised Score (usually between 69 or 70 and 140 or 141) i.e not your child's Raw Score (the number of questions your child got correct on the test).

In some counties, where the eleven plus exam consists of more than one subject, the standardised scores are then weighted to give a final overall score.

You will need to establish the standardised pass mark and weighting for your own region, but to give you an example, the pass mark in Bucks has been 121 in previous years.
To get more local children to "pass" the eleven plus, they just have to set the pass mark lower. The mark is set by each Local Education authority and varies from year to year. http://www.11plus.co .uk/11-exam-faq gives plenty of info: The pass mark is different in each LEA (Local Education Authority) and may vary from year to year. This is because there are only a set number of Grammar School places available, so the number of students passing each year needs to remain in line with the number of places available. You will be given your child's Standardised Score (usually between 69 or 70 and 140 or 141) i.e not your child's Raw Score (the number of questions your child got correct on the test). In some counties, where the eleven plus exam consists of more than one subject, the standardised scores are then weighted to give a final overall score. You will need to establish the standardised pass mark and weighting for your own region, but to give you an example, the pass mark in Bucks has been 121 in previous years. mikepaterson
  • Score: -1

8:37pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Jack222 wrote:
It's got nothing to do with poor teaching ; the 11+ reflects home background. Compare Free School meals in normal schools and in Grammar schools.. The factor is by ten! Shown as well by middle class parents buying tutors to coach for 11+ exams.

Stop hiding - 11+ exams and grammar schools are middle class areas for those who don't want to pay private school fees.

(Primary Schools must follow the National Curriculum which does NOT match 11+ exams questions - another reason not to blame the schools.)
So all we have to do is abolish free school meals and the pass rate will increase tenfold. Or, if the children aren't performing well then make the parents attend detention.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: It's got nothing to do with poor teaching ; the 11+ reflects home background. Compare Free School meals in normal schools and in Grammar schools.. The factor is by ten! Shown as well by middle class parents buying tutors to coach for 11+ exams. Stop hiding - 11+ exams and grammar schools are middle class areas for those who don't want to pay private school fees. (Primary Schools must follow the National Curriculum which does NOT match 11+ exams questions - another reason not to blame the schools.)[/p][/quote]So all we have to do is abolish free school meals and the pass rate will increase tenfold. Or, if the children aren't performing well then make the parents attend detention. Nebs
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

Jack222 wrote:
It's got nothing to do with poor teaching ; the 11+ reflects home background. Compare Free School meals in normal schools and in Grammar schools.. The factor is by ten! Shown as well by middle class parents buying tutors to coach for 11+ exams.

Stop hiding - 11+ exams and grammar schools are middle class areas for those who don't want to pay private school fees.

(Primary Schools must follow the National Curriculum which does NOT match 11+ exams questions - another reason not to blame the schools.)
your free school stats are nonsense. let's see the exact numbers and the source? silence ensues....
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: It's got nothing to do with poor teaching ; the 11+ reflects home background. Compare Free School meals in normal schools and in Grammar schools.. The factor is by ten! Shown as well by middle class parents buying tutors to coach for 11+ exams. Stop hiding - 11+ exams and grammar schools are middle class areas for those who don't want to pay private school fees. (Primary Schools must follow the National Curriculum which does NOT match 11+ exams questions - another reason not to blame the schools.)[/p][/quote]your free school stats are nonsense. let's see the exact numbers and the source? silence ensues.... profondo asbo
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Thu 3 Apr 14

jayman says...

profondo asbo wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
It's got nothing to do with poor teaching ; the 11+ reflects home background. Compare Free School meals in normal schools and in Grammar schools.. The factor is by ten! Shown as well by middle class parents buying tutors to coach for 11+ exams.

Stop hiding - 11+ exams and grammar schools are middle class areas for those who don't want to pay private school fees.

(Primary Schools must follow the National Curriculum which does NOT match 11+ exams questions - another reason not to blame the schools.)
your free school stats are nonsense. let's see the exact numbers and the source? silence ensues....
allow me...

----selective grammar----

. Southend high school for boys.
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 1.6%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=136443&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

. westcliff high school for boys.
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 1.4%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=136272&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

. westcliff high school for girls.
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 2.2%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=136490&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

. southend high school for girls.
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 2.9%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=136444&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

--- non selective---

Belfairs school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 9.7%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=138174&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

futures school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 40.0%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=132762&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

Cecil Jones school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 23.9%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=115368&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

chase school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 27.4%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=131146&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

shoeburyness school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 16.9%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=137733&sup
erview=sec&qtype=LA

free school meal uptake is used by the government to track poverty amongst school age children.
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: It's got nothing to do with poor teaching ; the 11+ reflects home background. Compare Free School meals in normal schools and in Grammar schools.. The factor is by ten! Shown as well by middle class parents buying tutors to coach for 11+ exams. Stop hiding - 11+ exams and grammar schools are middle class areas for those who don't want to pay private school fees. (Primary Schools must follow the National Curriculum which does NOT match 11+ exams questions - another reason not to blame the schools.)[/p][/quote]your free school stats are nonsense. let's see the exact numbers and the source? silence ensues....[/p][/quote]allow me... ----selective grammar---- . Southend high school for boys. Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 1.6% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=136443&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA . westcliff high school for boys. Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 1.4% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=136272&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA . westcliff high school for girls. Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 2.2% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=136490&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA . southend high school for girls. Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 2.9% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=136444&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA --- non selective--- Belfairs school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 9.7% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=138174&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA futures school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 40.0% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=132762&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA Cecil Jones school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 23.9% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=115368&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA chase school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 27.4% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=131146&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA shoeburyness school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 16.9% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=137733&sup erview=sec&qtype=LA free school meal uptake is used by the government to track poverty amongst school age children. jayman
  • Score: 3

10:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

jayman says...

now lets have a socio-economic primary school snapshot

Milton hall primary school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 46.2%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=115313&sup
erview=pri&qtype=LA

West Leigh junior school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 3.1%

http://www.education
.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho
ols/performance/scho
ol.pl?urn=114779&sup
erview=pri&qtype=LA
now lets have a socio-economic primary school snapshot Milton hall primary school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 46.2% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=115313&sup erview=pri&qtype=LA West Leigh junior school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 3.1% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=114779&sup erview=pri&qtype=LA jayman
  • Score: 4

8:03am Fri 4 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

jayman wrote:
now lets have a socio-economic primary school snapshot

Milton hall primary school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 46.2%

http://www.education

.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho

ols/performance/scho

ol.pl?urn=115313&amp
;sup
erview=pri&qtype
=LA

West Leigh junior school
Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 3.1%

http://www.education

.gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho

ols/performance/scho

ol.pl?urn=114779&amp
;sup
erview=pri&qtype
=LA
Glad to see, the class issue hasn't changed, tis why we have secondary schools
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: now lets have a socio-economic primary school snapshot Milton hall primary school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 46.2% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=115313& ;sup erview=pri&qtype =LA West Leigh junior school Percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals 3.1% http://www.education .gov.uk/cgi-bin/scho ols/performance/scho ol.pl?urn=114779& ;sup erview=pri&qtype =LA[/p][/quote]Glad to see, the class issue hasn't changed, tis why we have secondary schools Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

8:08am Fri 4 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Don't help them too much, might encourage the wrong sort, into the elite grammar placements...That's why the secondary schools were built, for the under classes to get a basic education, for their basic existances.
Never forget, as Winston himself remarked, this great nation, is fed from the public and grammar schools of this wondrous land.
Girls didn't do High school, domestic science, was taught at home...
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Don't help them too much, might encourage the wrong sort, into the elite grammar placements...That's why the secondary schools were built, for the under classes to get a basic education, for their basic existances.[/p][/quote]Never forget, as Winston himself remarked, this great nation, is fed from the public and grammar schools of this wondrous land. Girls didn't do High school, domestic science, was taught at home... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

8:49am Fri 4 Apr 14

jayman says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Don't help them too much, might encourage the wrong sort, into the elite grammar placements...That's why the secondary schools were built, for the under classes to get a basic education, for their basic existances.
Never forget, as Winston himself remarked, this great nation, is fed from the public and grammar schools of this wondrous land.
Girls didn't do High school, domestic science, was taught at home...
Winston Churchill was the greatest wartime prime minister this country ever had. He knew the true nature of warfare and was willing to make sacrifices, However, he was a man that harboured some very dark views and was an appalling peacetime PM. He was a man required at the time to do what was needed. Nothing more.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Don't help them too much, might encourage the wrong sort, into the elite grammar placements...That's why the secondary schools were built, for the under classes to get a basic education, for their basic existances.[/p][/quote]Never forget, as Winston himself remarked, this great nation, is fed from the public and grammar schools of this wondrous land. Girls didn't do High school, domestic science, was taught at home...[/p][/quote]Winston Churchill was the greatest wartime prime minister this country ever had. He knew the true nature of warfare and was willing to make sacrifices, However, he was a man that harboured some very dark views and was an appalling peacetime PM. He was a man required at the time to do what was needed. Nothing more. jayman
  • Score: 0

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