Exclusive: More than third of grammar schools change admissions policies to prioritise poor pupils

Tes analysis suggests that at least 50 of the existing grammar schools have changed their admissions arrangements for 2018-19.


More than a third of the existing grammar schools in England are set to change their admissions procedures next year to take more children from disadvantaged backgrounds, a Tes analysis shows. 


Our findings reveal that the number of selective schools that will give poorer pupils some priority for the first time in 2018, or that will further relax entrance requirements for these pupils, is growing. 


The changes follow the government’s unveiling of plans to require existing selective schools to become “representative of their local communities”.


The majority of England’s grammars did not take into account a child’s eligibility for free school meals (FSM), or pupil premium funding, in their admissions policies for this September.


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