The University of Durham’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), a leading provider of the 11-plus test, has been sold to Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press.
The two organisations have jointly acquired the CEM, which has been used by the education sector for more than 30 years and in more than 70 countries, providing formative assessments for children of various ages.
The CEM is one of a number of providers of the 11-plus test used by schools and councils to assess pupils wanting to attend grammar schools. The organisation will continue to be based in north east England.
Cambridge Assessment is the parent company of exam board OCR, one of four providers of GCSE and A-level exams in England.
Saul Nassé, chief executive of Cambridge Assessment, said: “CEM’s expertise in formative assessment is a great fit for Cambridge. Bringing our organisations together will enable us to do more to further education around the world.”
Emma Beatty, executive director of CEM, said: “We have achieved some amazing things during our time at Durham, and we are incredibly excited about the opportunity we now have to build on this, together with our new colleagues at Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press.”