The great grammar debate – are grammar schools truly better than comprehensives?

Are grammar schools any more successful than their comprehensive counterparts? The evidence is conflicting, with strong arguments on each side. Alex Jones investigates.

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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