David Hudson, Chair of The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) has recently announced that a new 5 year contract has been placed with GL Assessment and Bucks County Council to provide selection services to the 13 grammar schools under its control.
This is an interesting turn of events, as it was previously GL Assessment until 2013, when it changed to the most recent format of exam. However, it appears the company has now regained the contract for another 5 years, with Buckinghamshire County Council still providing the administration services.
Full details will not be released until November 2017, but we can expect two papers that still focus on Verbal, Non Verbal and Numerical skills – the same key areas as the exam focusses upon now.
We are very lucky in that our course lessons do not begin in earnest until January 2018, unlike some other tutoring companies, so we will tweak the course content and work accordingly to fit the new exam. The main difference is likely to be the format of the actual exam paper, but the children are given a range of formats to work with anyway in our course, to ensure they can cope with any unexpected change.
Please rest assured that Emma and I have been through this before in 2013 (when we were Lucky Gecko tuition) and we are well equipped to cope with any entrance exams, whatever they look like!
You can read the full statement from TBGS below, or click here.
“New arrangements for secondary selection testing for September 2019 entry (current Year 4)
The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) have today announced the award of new contracts for secondary selection testing. GL Assessment will be providing the test and Buckinghamshire County Council will be continuing to provide test administration services. The new contracts will first apply to the tests taken in September 2018 by pupils moving into secondary school in Autumn 2019 (current Year 4).
Speaking about the new arrangements David Hudson, the Chair of TBGS said: ‘Following a rigorous and robust competitive procurement process I am very pleased that we have reached agreement with GL Assessment and Buckinghamshire County Council to support us with the selection process and look forward to working with both organisations over the coming years.’
- The new contracts are for 5 years initially.
- GL Assessment will be responsible for developing and marking the tests.
- Buckinghamshire County Council will be responsible for the administration services including test registration and communications with stakeholders.
- The new arrangements do not affect children starting secondary school in 2018. Those children will be tested in September this year under the existing arrangements.
Greg Watson, the Chief Executive of GL Assessment, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to have been chosen to work with The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools on their entrance assessments for entry in September 2019. We look forward to working closely with TBGS on a fair and reliable entrance assessment.’
David Johnston, Managing Director Children’s Social Care and Learning, Buckinghamshire County Council, commented: ‘We’re pleased to have been invited to support the grammar schools with administering the secondary transfer test. It’s important for us to work together on one testing process for the benefit of the children in Buckinghamshire.’ The new tests will continue to assess verbal, non-verbal and mathematical skills. Children will continue to sit a practice test and then two test papers. Familiarisation materials will also continue to be provided to parents free of charge. Full details about the new testing arrangements will be made available in November 2017.”