Market Research Finds 11-Plus Failure Influenced Uptake of Education In Later Life

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26th September 2012 13:55 - Education

New research by Love to Learn, a website offering online courses for adults aged 50-plus, has shown that the legacy of grammar school entrance exams continued to have a powerful impact on people 40 years on. The research was carried out with more than 1000 people aged over 50.

The survey revealed that thirty percent of people were put off education and training well in to later life following their failure in the eleven-plus exams, sat at the end of primary school. Among those who failed the eleven-plus, more than one in ten (13%) stated that the experience put them off learning for life. Forty-five percent of adults with poor results in the exams stated that they had carried negative feelings with them well in to their adult life – as late as fifty or sixty for many.

Gill Jackson, the website’s director, said that for many over-50s: “Learning stopped as soon as they left school due to the lack of on-going opportunities, the need to start earning money or because they were getting married or wanted to start a family.”

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