Janet Downs: The Sutton Trust is right to highlight covert selection, but tackling England’s socially-segregated school system won’t be solved by opening up private or grammar schools to a few more FSM pupils.
“…the schools in this study, by and large, are not using forms of overt selection, they are exercising covert selection,” said the Sutton Trust’s report Improving social mobility through education. The report recommended random ballots or banding across all abilities to address this issue. But the press release added a further recommendation which wasn’t in the full report. “At the same time, independent ... read more and comment →
Latest comment by Marco Bligh: "The OECD figures showing that between 18% and 26% of UK adults have not completed upper secondary education is here, P. 19: http://www.oecd.org/edu/school/50293148.pdf These figures are further supported by the House of commons figures that show 24% of UK pupils drop out ......"Comment + Debate