Stephen Petty

Don’t flip out – I’ve got a selection solution for you

Looking for an 11-plus exam that’s fair and balanced? Our columnist has just the thing…

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Another mission impossible confronts those weary and exploited underlings at the Department for Education. This week they have already had to produce a positive spin on the now finalised U-turn on those enforced academisation plans – though this kind of re-spinning of the message was surely meat and drink to a team now highly trained in the art.

But I suspect those same beleaguered Oompa-Loompas are feeling completely stumped by another daunting brief currently on their plate: the prime minister herself will have demanded that they find a new and fail-safe selection test for her proposed new ...

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