The Daily Mail is reporting that a report has suggested that the first wave of new grammar schools should be built in the poorest areas to benefit the most disadvantaged pupils.
The first wave of new grammar schools should be built in the poorest areas and those with the worst school results to kick-start social mobility, a report argues today.
This would help boost the life chances of children from deprived backgrounds, according to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).
The think-tank also says the new generation of grammar schools – planned by Theresa May – should be required to ‘scout’ for academic potential among children from poor families who, it says, have the ‘odds heavily stacked against them’.
The report points out that children living in the most disadvantaged parts of the country are 27 times more likely to go to an inadequate school than ones living in the richest. Grammars could help break this ‘unacceptable cycle of disadvantage’.
The report says: ‘It is high time that children from more deprived families were given the same educational opportunities as those from the wealthiest in society, and a well-designed selective system could do this.’
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