At the end of 2014, the Independent carried a story which concluded that grammar schools are no more successful than comprehensive schools at getting pupils into elite universities. ‘Working-class pupils are just as likely to get a degree after attending a comprehensive school as a grammar school’, the article stated. The piece was underpinned by in-depth analysis of the educational histories of more than 7,000 people, carried out by researchers at the Institute of Education and the University of Manchester.
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