One major criticism of the eleven plus examinations is that the children only have one chance. This is very hard on the children who are referred to as the `We just hope they come right on the day’ group.
At the `A’ level stage children can take an examination a year early and then repeat the examination in an effort to gain a higher grade. So a bright pupil can raise a `B’ grade to an `A’ or `A*’. In one sense this is very fair. Illness, falling in love, the acquisition of a new car can all affect `A’ level results.
So for some poor eleven plus children, who younger and less mature, it does not seem right to have a `One strike and you are out’ policy.
There must be some workable solutions to the problem.
Holding a lottery would not be a fait solution.
Banning coaching would be difficult to achieve.
Taking the examination a year early would allow for some re-sits.
If you do think of a solution please let me know.