In light of the recent move to close all schools due to the covid-19 outbreak and the announcement that SATs, GCSEs and A-levels will not take place in May/June this year, we are sure everybody is wondering whether the real 11 Plus exams in 2020 will be cancelled or postponed too.
So far, we have not heard any mention of this. Whilst we imagine there is a chance they might be postponed (depending on when schools reopen), we doubt they will be cancelled altogether since one could argue that even if children have missed some of their Year 5 curriculum, everybody is in the same boat so the results of an 11 Plus exam would still be able to rank students in this cohort (even if their scores are lower than students in previous years).
If you have heard anything from your LEA or school, or perhaps have any other thoughts on the topic, we’d love to hear from you.
Many of the schools/venues have written to say ‘all hall bookings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future’. As it is unclear when or whether schools/venues will reopen this academic year (especially for external lettings) and there is of course the risk/concern of our examiner teams needing to self-isolate (even if events are allowed again), at this stage we feel it is best to replace all May/June mock exams with virtual mocks instead.
We therefore appreciate your understanding while we update our website with more details of the virtual mocks, how to convert your May/June bookings as well as related refund procedures. We hope to have everything ready by the 1st April 2020.
We will also reopen bookings for July/Aug, but with the same virtual mock / refund options should there be no sign of the events being able to go ahead by the end of June.