A group of grammar schools have doubled their admission of disadvantaged pupils in a single year – by quietly setting a lower 11-plus qualification score for children from disadvantaged homes. The new two-tier pass mark – the first results of which are revealed by The Independent today – appears to represent one of the most radical and effective ever attempts to reduce the middle-class strangehold on good grammars.
Local council leaders have urged the Government to let up on its attempts to stop parents taking their children out of school during term time.
The gap in performance between poor and better-off pupils is just as high in schools ranked “outstanding” as those labelled “inadequate”, researchers have found.
Government’s flagship free schools accused of allowing ‘stealth selection’ as they fail to admit poorest kids
Free schools have been accused of “cherry-picking” bright and wealthy pupils after a major study found that even those established in deprived areas are failing to admit the neediest children.
Sports coaches and scout leaders should be drafted in to keep schools open during next week’s national strike by teachers, new guidance said today.
Children from private schools will have earned almost £200,000 more than state school pupils by the time they reach middle age, new research reveals today.