• £50m for expansion, but some grammars get less inclusive

    The government’s £50 million grammar schools expansion scheme to improve access for poorer pupils has instead created “more places for the middle classes”. We should be directing precious government resource elsewhere to really improve excellence and equity in the education system Analysis of admissions data from 14 of the 16 schools that split the selective

    5.00 Sep. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Grammar school scraps controversial 'exclusion clause' from registration form

    A grammar school has deleted a controversial clause in its registration form that made parents agree their child could be kicked out if the headteacher thinks it “desirable”. The Skinners’ School in Kent required the parents of prospective pupils to sign a registration form allowing governors to withdraw their child if they decided via “a

    17.00 Jun. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Secondary moderns can be really great schools too

    “High scores” in school accountability measures does not always mean that grammars are better schools, says Ian Widdows The grammar school debate inevitably triggers passionate responses on both sides. But many of the arguments put forward share a common factor – an assumption that grammar schools are “superior” to their non-selective, secondary modern neighbours. A

    5.00 Apr. 1st, 2019 | Opinion

  • Analysis: Expanding grammar schools will still 'lag behind' in support for poorer pupils

    Plans by 16 grammar schools to open up access to poorer pupils in exchange for a share of an annual £50 million of expansion funding will still leave them “lagging behind” comprehensives, a Schools Week investigation has revealed. Announcing the £200 million investment over four years on Monday, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that

    5.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • DfE names 16 grammar schools that will split £50m expansion cash

    The 16 grammar schools that will split the government’s first round of expansion funding have been named by the Department for Education. According to the Daily Mail, the schools will share the first £50 million from the selective schools expansion fund. The pot of money provides capital funding for grammar schools to create new buildings

    9.35 Dec. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Grammar school ordered to tweak admissions policy following second home row

    A heavily oversubscribed grammar school has been ordered to amend its admission arrangements after a parent complained that it discriminated against wealthy individuals with second homes. The objection was lodged after Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, in Buckinghamshire, rejected an application from a child who lived three miles from the school – well within its catchment

    17.32 Aug. 31st, 2018 | News

  • Grammar schools asked to prioritise poorest pupils

    The body representing most of the country’s grammar school headteachers will encourage its members to “prioritise” the poorest pupils in their admissions. The Grammar School Heads Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department for Education aimed as part of a push to improve access to selective schools for poorer children. The government

    10.15 May. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Summer-born pupils disadvantaged by 'unfair' 11-plus test, adjudicator rules

    An Essex grammar school has been ordered to age-weight the results of its 11-plus entry exam after the admissions watchdog found that the test disadvantages summer-born children. In a ruling thought to be the first of its kind, the Office of the Schools Adjudicator said a lack of any age standardisation in the 11-plus test

    11.49 Apr. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Researcher: A private tutoring tax 'would level grammar school playing field'

    A leading education researcher wants a new tax on private tutoring services, to help “level the playing field” for lower-income pupils trying to get into grammar schools. Such a tax would be particularly vital to counteract parents who use private tutors to “coach” children for the 11-plus entrance test, said Professor John Jerrim of the

    0.02 Mar. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Progress 8 is biased towards grammar schools - here's the solution

    The school progress measures were a step in the right direction, but in their current form they can only partially correct for intake ability, writes Tom Perry As we have known for decades, and the data clearly shows, raw attainment scores such as schools’ GCSE results say more about schools’ intakes than their performance. The

    11.21 Jan. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Beware the return of the grammar school zombies

    Is the grammar school policy about to get a second wind? Contributing editor Laura McInerney considers the possibility and how Labour should respond. Ugh. It appears the grammar school zombie may be alive after all. The appointment of grammar-loving Damian Hinds to the top job suggests there may be another attempt to resurrect selective schools

    17.00 Jan. 14th, 2018 | Opinion