Category: Grammar Schools

Grammar Schools – why they must return

Grammar Schools – why they must return

Once again there is talk in the corridors of power about ending the ban on new grammar schools – but we’ve had many false starts before. While the Prime Minister is said to be in favour of selective education and the opening of more of these schools that lead to increased social mobility, his civil…

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It’s an A+ for Jonathan Gullis MP

It’s an A+ for Jonathan Gullis MP

At last, a Conservative MP has made the case for the expansion of grammar schools. Jonathan Gullis MP – a former teacher – is urging the Prime Minister to lift the ban on new free schools being selective. He is thought to have the backing of 200 fellow back benchers – and quite possibly cabinet…

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Grammar schools can be a beacon of education excellence – but we need more of them

Grammar schools can be a beacon of education excellence – but we need more of them

A study last week has claimed that social background has more bearing on whether you go to an elite university than which school you go to – especially when comparing state schools. The research from the 1970 British Cohort Study found that when you compare pupils from similar social backgrounds grammar schools offered no advantage…

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Education at a critical crossroads

Education at a critical crossroads

August saw one of the education success stories of the year. You may have read about the Michaela Free School in London and its inspirational headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh recording GCSE results any grammar school would be proud of. Michaela, which is based in the deprived area of Brent, saw more than half (54%) of its students…

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Exit the Brexit then focus on education

Exit the Brexit then focus on education

In a few weeks’ time, we will have another Prime Minister and just like the last three years, the entire focus of the Conservative leadership campaign has been centred on Brexit. I appreciate that whoever takes up the mantle will urgently need to look at resolving the Brexit issue but it would also be nice…

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