Stretford grammar school in Greater Manchester [Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian].

Stretford grammar school in Greater Manchester [Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian].

The lesson is for us, of course; not them.

It seems Conservatives are fixed in their ways and really cannot learn anything new or understand facts that contradict their long-held beliefs.

So nobody will be able to convince them that taxes are for everyone, not just the poor; or that healthcare is for everyone, not just the rich.

Or that grammar schools increase the divide between the rich and the poor; they do nothing to increase social mobility.

Has anybody been keeping a record of the Tory MPs who have been spouting Theresa May’s claptrap for her (I bet they learned it by rote, too)?

These people are mean and they are stupid. If you are one of their constituents then, for the good of the UK, consider it your duty to vote them out before they manage to translate one of their boneheaded ideas into law.

It is vital for the future well-being of the country.

Grammar schools do not improve the exam results of bright students beyond what they would have achieved at a good comprehensive, while more grammars would widen the attainment gap between rich and poor, a study has found.

The analysis of GCSE performance in selective state schools, carried out by the Education Policy Institute, concluded: “We find no evidence to suggest that overall educational standards in England would be improved by creating additional grammar schools.”

Comparing the top 25% of comprehensive schools with the results of existing selective schools, the researchers found “there is no benefit to attending a grammar school for high-attaining pupils” – meaning bright children performed just as well in good comprehensive schools as in grammars.

The report follows the recent campaign by Theresa May to overturn the existing ban on allowing new grammar schools to open. May argued that selecting pupils at the age of 11 would enhance social mobility.

But the EPI report found little to confirm May’s claim that new grammar schools would help children from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those on free school meals (FSM).

Source: Theresa May’s grammar school claims disproved by new study | Education | The Guardian

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