Can Grammar Schools Help Our Education Divide?

Pupil premium, the additional funding given to raise the attainment of disadvantaged schoolchildren could be used to great benefit here, and presents a huge opportunity for the government to work in harmony with the private sector. Most people are concerned that the return of grammar schools harks back to the 1950s when failing the 11-plus, meant you were dispatched to a secondary modern and destined for a life of second-rate jobs. I don’t want to return to that and I’m sure you don’t either. Yet if you knew that your child – a pupil at a large, cash-strapped, inner-city primary school – was receiving extra help to give them a better chance of passing the grammar school test then you might see grammar schools as a way to raise standards for all, rather than a tool to divide rich from poor even further.

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