11-plus dice ‘loaded against disadvantaged children’

The dice is loaded against children from poorer backgrounds when it comes to grammar schools, according to a new report.

 

A study of data from Kent found that about a quarter of all students went to a grammar school in 2016, but children eligible for free school meals (FSM) were less likely to sit or pass the 11-plus.

 

The report acknowledged that the situation will vary across the country, but said Kent could be a useful case study as it is an area where selectivity “is most heavily embedded” and comprises both rural and urban communities of varying social class.

 

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