Grammar schools

The Government wants more grammar schools to open. It also wants existing grammars to prioritise children from ‘ordinary working families’ who are... Read more
This chart is taken from this article in The Conversation, and shows the proportion of children that get into grammar schools by affluence (from the... Read more
The two selective schools in Poole, Dorset, were oversubscribed if all preferences are taken into account. But so were three Poole comprehensives.... Read more
‘…selective and grammar schools are often hugely over-subscribed, so consulting on how we respond to that demand from parents and pupils is exactly... Read more
‘U turn or You’ll lose’ – that was the message to Prime Minister Theresa May from Tory MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown on Radio 4’s Today this morning*.... Read more
Grammar schools and their organisations dominated meetings with the Department for Education’s Selective Education Team both during and after the... Read more
This Guardian article reports research arguing for the existence of a class-based conspiracy to prevent the children of poor families getting into... Read more
The last week has not been good for schools worried about money. The Chancellor seems immune to warnings about the state of school funding. The... Read more
The Department for Education has missed the deadline for my Freedom of Information request asking for names of officials in its selective education... Read more
‘We’ll press ahead quickly with grammars insists schools minister @NickGibbMP’ tweeted the Department for Education (DfE) on Valentine’s Day. This... Read more
I’m not talking about Larry, the Downing Street cat. He has not died. I’m referring to the dead cat thrown out from Number Ten shortly after Theresa... Read more
Focusing on opening new grammar schools is ‘an unnecessary distraction’ , says Neil Carmichael, MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, a cross-... Read more
‘New selective schools will probably have a narrower ability range, perhaps more like top 10%’ Just one of the points emerging from meetings between... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) was forced to issue a ‘ clarification to the consultation document ’ on proposals in ‘Schools that Work for... Read more
As our government zigzags on yet another approach for schools, I wonder why, unlike most countries, we can’t settle on a model and Get It Right.... Read more
A group of Kent head teachers has asked us to publish this letter that they have written to Theresa May regarding her policy of opening new grammar... Read more
Fed up with a couple of years failing to persuade the Information Commissioner and the courts that simply releasing 11+ test marks will undermine '... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) said it could spot bogus submissions to its consultations, it told Schools Week . A spokesperson said there were ‘... Read more