Grammar schools: just because a policy is popular, doesn’t make it right

Those of us opposing selection need to remember that Theresa May’s policy is based on politics, not education, writes one heads’ leader.


Those of us who oppose the expansion of grammar schools are not lacking in data to support our argument. A variety of studies have shown that in the parts of the country where selection already exists, there is a greater disparity in performance between children from poor neighbourhoods, and those from wealthier backgrounds. While there is some evidence to suggest that those who do attend grammars make more progress than they otherwise would, it is clear that children from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with SEND are far less likely to get into these schools in the first place.

 

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