State school Admissions testing

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


It has been raised with me that children being tested for entrance to state schools are, in some cases, having to sit multiple exams, some before school and some in lesson time, when applying to schools in different boroughs. Can the GLA provide a strategic response to this issue?


Answer for State school Admissions testing

Answer for State school Admissions testing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you have indicated, school admissions is an operational issue for individual schools, within any agreed borough frameworks and under national legislation and guidance. Schools are undertaking the exams for a number of reasons. In terms of a comprehensive system of education the main purpose is to ensure a mix of pupils in the school. At a strategic level, exams for banding purposes could take place at the city level. It may not be feasible, though, to have a standard approach because schools also have a number of specialist tests in subjects like music. Some groups of schools may choose to work together at local level to test out the benefits of a shared approach and any cost savings.