Kent Test 2020
The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills today (22/07/2020) approved plans to delay the Kent Test by around one month as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on schools and pupils. The test will now take place on 15 October for pupils who attend a Kent school and 17 October for all other students. Kent parents will also be offered two additional preferences on their child's Secondary school application this year, an increase from four to six, to account for the later release of Kent Test results.
While it is expected that the Department for Education will advise that delaying testing is the preferred option, to date no formal guidance has been published. While awaiting clarity from Government is desirable, parents and children require assurances as to what process they can expect, and schools and officers require sufficient time to implement any revised arrangements and ensure school offers can be made by Secondary National Offer Day (1 March 2021).