I found myself reading over many articles on the issue this morning, and just wanted to throw another voice into the mix. I won’t say much, because better people have already said it better than I could – and I’ll link to them in a bit – but I want to highlight this one graph out of all the others.
Grammar schools entrench social division
The graph is taken from here.
It shows the following:
- Wealthier pupils outperform poorer pupils
- Attainment in London schools is, overall, better than anywhere else
- If you’re poor, grammar schools lower your chances of success
Cast your eyes to the left of the graph – that’s where the least well-off live. There are three scenarios shown, from top to bottom:
- Live in London
- Live elsewhere
- Live near a grammar school
Unless you’re wealthy, you’re better off living anywhere but near a grammar school.
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