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selective education should be available to all pupils

25 October 2012

Tory backbencher Graham Brady has reiterated his support for selective education and called on the Government to provide more grammar school places across the country. Research has shown that as selection has been withdrawn, bright children from ordinary working families have been less likely to succeed in politics or the professions.

Whilst it has been argued that grammar schools improve the prospects of the children who attend but other children attending secondary moderns lost out in the past, now the competition between grammar schools and non selective schools is raising standards. Last year, seven of the ten highest performing areas at GCSE were selective (the others include Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham, which are not really representative of the country’s comprehensive schools).

Selective education should not be denied to parents on the basis of a post code lottery. All parents should be given the opportunity to choose the best school for their child, regardless of their ability to pay.

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