Grammars 'will stop poor, bright pupils earning less than rich, dim schoolmates': Education Secretary says selective schools will transform the lives of deprived children

A wave of new grammars will help stop bright poor children going on to earn less than dimmer wealthier classmates, Justine Greening said yesterday.


The Education Secretary added that more selective schools could transform the lives of deprived pupils by giving them the same access to academic excellence.


In a speech on social mobility, she spoke of the unfairness that clever deprived students are around a third less likely to earn a high wage than less intelligent richer peers. Ministers plan to overturn a ban on opening grammars imposed by Labour in 1998.


Miss Greening said the new schools would help ‘drill down’ into the factors which have meant poor attainment for ‘certain parts of the country’.

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