The TES is reporting warnings that selective schools, with large numbers of Cambridge applicants, will use their experience to prepare for their new tests more rapidly.
Barnaby Lenon, who also chairs the London Academy of Excellence, a selective state sixth form supported by leading private schools, told TES that selective schools… would quickly become good at preparing…for the tests, which were announced last month and will be sat for the first time next year.
“[Indpendent schools] will have many more students apply to Cambridge, therefore will build up experience of the Cambridge tests more rapidly,” he said. “There’s a difference between a school that has 50 or 60 applicants a year and a school that may have two or three.”
Mr Lenon… urged state schools to start tutoring their brightest pupils in preparation for them – despite the university’s insistence that no tutoring is required.
“The most important thing is for schools to realise that it is important for students to prepare for these tests,” he said. “It’s difficult for schools to fit in time for tutoring, but they should do it…I believe all tests can be prepared for, to some degree.”…
But a spokesman for the university said: “…No advance preparation will be needed, other than revision of material already being studied at school, and only where indicated for specific courses…”
Fascinating – who do you think has it right here: Barnaby Lenon suggesting independent schools will prepare their students (and benefit from it) or Cambridge suggesting additional preparation is not needed?
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