The Telegraph is reporting that the latest official data shows that grammar school pupils are progressing faster than pupils in non-selective schools.
Grammar school pupils progress faster and outperform children of similar ability who attend non-selective schools, official data has disclosed for the first time. In a major boost for Theresa May’s plans for a new generation of selective schools, an official analysis of GCSE results has found that children benefit from grammars.
The data also found that children who were previously not high attainers make even more progress in grammar schools than their high performing peers.
Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, said that the figures give the Government “even more reason to make more of these good school places available in more areas”. Ministers will use the analysis to justify Mrs May’s focus on grammar schools, which has been heavily criticised by the Labour Party and some campaigners.
Ms Greening said: “We want to build a country that works for everybody, regardless of their background, and education lies at the heart of that.
“Grammar schools reduce the attainment gap between rich and poor children. Today’s figures give us even more reason to make more of these good school places available in more areas.”
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