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11-plus results date changed

PUBLISHED: 17:21 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 23 August 2010

PARENTS will know the results of their children s 11-plus exams before deciding which secondary schools they go to in an exam timetable shake-up. Ed Balls, Secretary of state for Children, Schools and Families, confirmed exams in the county would be movi

PARENTS will know the results of their children's 11-plus exams before deciding which secondary schools they go to in an exam timetable shake-up.

Ed Balls, Secretary of state for Children, Schools and Families, confirmed exams in the county would be moving back four months to September.

Kent County Council (KCC) applied for the change during a consultation which was agreed by the government this week after some parents objected to the move.

Mark Dance, KCC cabinet member for Education Operations, Resources and Skills, said: "I welcome the decision by the Secretary of State. We put forward the change of date from January to September so that parents can use their choices wisely and not have to gamble on a grammar or comprehensive place.

"I appreciate the concerns of some families about testing earlier in the new school year and I would like to reassure those that the tests are standardised against a national sample and results will take account of the child's age at the time of testing."

Parents now need to register their child for the test between June 2 and July 11 2008. Kent Test registration forms will be sent to every primary school in the county and neighbouring authorities and schools will be provided with information to issue to their parents.

The forms can also be downloaded from KCC's admissions website.

Testing will take place on September 18 and 19 this year for children living in Kent and for out of county pupils on September 20.

Parents will be notified of results on October 21 and they will then have until November 7 to either complete their Secondary Common Application Form online or return a hard copy to their child's primary school.

School offers will be posted to parents on March 2, 2009, who then have until March 26 to accept, refuse or lodge appeals.

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