The BBC has published a cute mini-Eleven Plus that gives a taste of the test that determined the futures of British children for three decades. An Eleven Plus pass sent you to Grammar School and fail meant the tech or secondary modern.
Of course, I should pass the Eleven Plus. I have two decades on my 11 year old self, GCSEs, A-levels and a degree. Even so, I dropped a couple of marks and was left wondering whether I would have passed when I was 11. It’s hard to know. It was quite testing and certainly got my grey cells jiggling.
It’s sometimes easy to treat the Eleven Plus as history. But it’s alive and well in parts of England and also Northern Ireland. As the happy pupil of a state comprehensive from 11 – 16, I mistrust the Eleven Plus. It simply isn’t fair (or even accurate) to segregate children at such a young age and, to a very great extent, determine their future life path based on some rather pointless word and number problems.