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Advantages and disadvantages of the 11+


What are the advantages and disadvantages of the 11+?

The 11+ is an extreme form of setting done on a mass scale; it can have benefits but it does also have its disadvantages.

It’s not for us to say whether the 11+ is a good or a bad thing. There will always be arguments which support it and those which negate it. Those arguments will change over time.

If there was another solution to selection in education, perhaps this would be a better thing. However, at the moment, with the system that we have, selection tests exist and parents can choose whether or not they want their children to be entered for them dependent on their own personal feelings about the issue.

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