In response to raising participation age the Government announced new destination measures when students leave school to be recorded in the league tables showing progression for post 16. Schools will be held accountable for the success of their pupils by a plan to publish information about the progression to university and jobs. However, there should be more focus on the progression to meaningful academic A-levels and transparency for transfer into upper grammar schools. Isolated areas such as Mablethorpe and Alford in Lincolnshire still have secondary modern schools with no sixth forms. Even if pupils work hard to achieve good grades the English baccalaureate will provide no bridge to A-levels.
Shire counties will have their work cut out providing credible destination measures considering grammar schools provide no concrete admissions arrangements for post 16. In many cases there are no places due to intakes from other towns outside of catchment areas.
The Government should try to ensure that grammar schools step up to the bar for all young people wanting to tread an academic path.
Pupils in our selective schools, appear not only to add value at GCSE they are also the pride of our county. Sophisticated discrimination, abound with excuses, is now in the fibre of our education, and to be frank, it’s shameful.