According to TES, grammar school outreach programmes using sixth formers to coach disadvantaged Year 6 pupils through their admission tests have been branded as insulting to teachers.
Almost all of the 16 grammar schools who won bids from the government’s £50 million grammar school expansion fund said they used sixth formers in their outreach programmes to help disadvantaged pupils in primary schools.
A condition of being awarded the money was that schools showed “deliverable and achievable plans” on how they would increase numbers of disadvantaged pupils.
Documents released by the DfE show 15 of the 16 schools are using sixth formers to help primary pupils with numeracy and literacy and in some cases to help with “test familiarisation.”
Jim Skinner, chair of the Grammar School Headteachers’ Association, said: “Many schools, of all types, run a range of programmes where sixth form students work with primary pupils and indeed younger secondary school pupils at their own and neighbouring schools.
“Younger pupils respond very positively to working with sixth form students and it can make a valuable contribution to their broader education.
Bidding opened yesterday for the second round of the DfE’s £200m selective schools expansion fund.
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