Kent Test 2020:
Kent County Council are applying to delay the date of the Kent Test to Thursday 15th October to allow the children time to settle back into school.
They are also proposing that the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) expands the number of choices of Secondary School from 4 to 6 choices; for this year only. This would allow for two grammar schools to be named without reducing the number of non-selective choices.
The final decision is expected mid-July, which will be communicated to parents by the end of term. As soon as we are made aware, we will update here.
Do you have a child in Year 5? Do you wish your child to attend a Kent Grammar School in September 2021?
If you have answered yes to both questions then you need to register between the 1st June and 1st July 2020. To register click here. There is also further information on the site.
It is understandable that families would like to have a clear idea of what is going to happen to the Kent Test in the light of the current Covid-19 lockdown, but unfortunately it is too early to confirm anything other than that provision will be made for children to be assessed so that Kent’s grammar schools can determine which of their applicants can be admitted.
A selection mechanism of some type will need to be applied, however, as it is unclear when restrictions will be released, or whether schools will be back in session before September. There is national legislation around the co-ordinated admissions process, so the action which can be taken regarding the timing of the Kent Test will also depend on advice from the DfE, which has yet to be issued.
The loss of direct teaching time is concerning but unavoidable. All schools are continuing to provide support for their Year 5 pupils and there are many National Curriculum resources available free online. Unlike the national exams which have been cancelled, the Kent Test does not examine a taught syllabus. The process which determines what level of test performance will constitute a “pass” is set by KCC after the test has been completed, so there is also scope for flexibility when the Council considers the impact of the lockdown on everyone taking part.
A more detailed plan will be shared as soon as it is available.
The Kent Test will hopefully take place in September 2020.
If you wish to receive a paper registration form, please contact the Secondary Admissions Team on 03000 41 21 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also print off a copy of the form www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions to complete and return.