This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition Stop plans to allow more secondary schools to select children by ability.
Selection harms children, divides communities and lowers overall attainment. The 11+ exam is inherently unfair - evidence shows that it selects on the basis of prior opportunity and social background. Poorer children, including high ability poor children, lose out most.
Children who fail the 11+ suffer a severe blow to their self-esteem and motivation at a critical time in their development.
Figures suggest that these children (70-80% of the total) go on to do worse at secondary modern than they would have at a comprehensive.
Selective areas have the largest achievement gaps in the country.
In fully selective Bucks, the 11+ pass rate for FSM children was 4% in 2014, compared to 20% for state pupils and 53% for private school pupils.
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