Just 34% support new grammars, YouGov

Janet Downs's picture

34% of respondents support setting up new grammars, YouGov found in their most recent poll about selection in September 2016. This was down 4% on August when 38% supported establishing more selective schools.

One-in-five (20%) said existing grammars should remain but no new ones should be built.

A quarter of respondents (25%) wanted existing grammars to open their doors to children of all abilities.  This was up 2% since August.

22% weren’t sure.

Opinions changed when respondents were asked to imagine their child would pass the 11+ or fail.  48% said they would prefer to live in a selective area if their child would pass.  32% would prefer a comprehensive system (20% didn’t know).  But the figures flipped when asked to imagine their child would fail: 50% said they’d rather live in a comprehensive area and 27% in a selective area (23% didn’t know).

YouGov found supporters of selection admitted that ‘less academically able children would be better off in a comprehensive system’.  

Any government considering the best way to organise an education system must take all children into account and not just focus on a minority.  A selective system gives a small advantage (half a GCSE grade) to those selected.  But selection has a detrimental effect on the majority who are not selected.  According to YouGov, even fans of grammars accept that.




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john bajina's picture
Wed, 31/05/2017 - 11:04

University results show Grammar School pupil do NO better than comprehensive pupil. So why put the majority of our children though painful process of being branded a failure by Selection System?

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