Four ‘ill effects’ of selective education

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

I write following Richard Endacott’s comments last week that parents are spending their life savings to try to get their children into a grammar school (and avoid secondary moderns) by paying for additional private education in some form.

The sector which is going to be hugely advantaged by a return to selective education (meaning 10-year-old children will be selected as to which school they are 'suitable' for) will be private tutors and prep schools and anyone involved in that industry. It certainly will not be our children!

Mr Endacott, you will  be pleased to know I recently signed a letter on behalf of Excellent Education for Everyone, which joined with Comprehensive Future and five other groups in grammar school areas, in writing to the Grammar School Heads Association.

The heads claimed there were no ill effects to selective education. We disagreed and sent them the real evidence which clearly illustrates four key facts: Disadvantaged children achieve worse results in grammar school areas; grammar schools have a detrimental impact on nearby schools; grammar school entrance exams discriminate against children from certain backgrounds, including high ability children – and attempts at creating so-called ‘tutor proof’ tests have failed; selection exacerbates social and racial divisions.

You can read the full letter to the Grammar School Heads Association on our blog which you will find at www.excellenteducationforeveryone.org.uk

Rachel Cook

Rutland Road

Maidenhead

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