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BUCKS CONSIDERS CHANGE IN AGE OF SCHOOL TRANSFER

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Education committee members and officers in Buckinghamshire will today discuss whether to lower the age of transfer...
Education committee members and officers in Buckinghamshire will today discuss whether to lower the age of transfer from lower to upper schools, reports BBC Three Counties.

One grant maintained school in the county has already change the age from 12 to 11 and it is thought this might now become the pattern. If the policy change is adopted it could cost the country's only Conservative-controlled county council more than £30m.

Education committee chairman Crispian Graves said the public must be consulted before any decision is made.

He commented: 'The best thing to do, in my view, would be for the council today to agree to go out to consult parents and schools and governors, and all interested parties, with a proposal as to how we would move to an 11-plus transfer - subject to the responses we get.

'It is a very major issue for the whole of the future of education in Buckinghamshire'.
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