I was chatting with someone on Monday from Bourne End, and she was saying how she disliked the system as well. Has she known about it before she wouldn’t have moved there. One of hers got in and the other didn’t.
I saw a trailer for the programme and a head teacher, I think, described what they did as being similar to talent spotting. But it’s not that - it’s finding out which kids are having a good/bad day, which are well prepared, which are lucky. On one day of their lives. And marking them as successes or failures forevermore.
These things need to be constantly reviewed, both ways. My school was selective, and there were kids that has clearly been very well prepared for the exam, but simply weren’t that bright; that had a terrible time there, as we were utter cunts to them (thick and rich is a terrible combo). They would have done much better at a school that actually have a shit about them (mine basically tried to get them to move if they were going to hit the averages).
The lady from Bourne End said that her local grammar had huge issues with girls self harming due to the pressure. It’s fucked up.