Selection On Attainment? Local Authorities, Pupil Backgrounds, Attainment And Grammar School Opportunities

Expanding the number of grammar schools is unlikely to promote social mobility by providing more opportunities for disadvantaged pupils, according to this new study published in Educational Review.

The study showed how a child’s chances of going to grammar school varied depending on the Local Authority (LA) in which they lived, their social and ethnic background, and their attainment level at primary school. In other words, affluent families whose children sit the 11 plus test for grammar schools in local authorities where they do not live are gaining an edge over disadvantaged pupils. 

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