Grammar school system does not lead to poorer results elsewhere

The Times of Tunbridge Wells is reporting that Kent County Council has hit back at suggestions that the grammar school system leads to poorer GCSE results in other schools.

The claim came from Kent Education Network (KEN) that is campaigning for an end to the Kent Test, or 11-plus, which it believes leads to education inequality.

The KCC’s Cabinet Member for Education, Roger Gough, said that although there were some other counties which outperformed Kent, they were not in the majority. The latest available figures showed that Kent students achieved an average points score of 779.8, compared with a national figure of 771.9, and an average across the south east of 776.6.

Mr Gough said it was ‘an unfortunate truth’ that there was a gap in the GCSE performance of children on free school meals, but this applied to both grammar and non-selective areas.

“Our overriding aim is to improve the education opportunities for children of all abilities across the county,” said Mr Gough.

“With the support of parents and committed school staff, students who want to do well will do well, whether they attend a grammar school, a non-selective school or a comprehensive.”

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  1. MadgeJesss

    SchoolsImprove Grammar schools used to be a way of small %age getting access to university. Now nearly 50% go to university.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove His job as councillor overseeing edu in Kent, he has to “big up” policy. Akin to CEO of a company advertising own product

  3. Chris1434

    Certainly in Bucks, also a fully grammar school county, large numbers of bright children come into the county to attend grammar schools. Some grammar schools are nearly half full from neighbouring counties. As a result, the overall county results look a whole lot better than if you simply consider the performance of Bucks children

  4. 57.10% of pupils nationally in 2015 achieved the benchmark 5+ GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English.  In Kent, 57.40% did so.   That’s over the national figure by only a tiny margin.  Then there’s the gap between the highest performing Kent schools – 100% (grammars, obviously) and the bottom where there are few previously-high attaining pupils because they’ve been creamed off to the grammars.  Marlowe Academy, 6%, St George’s CofE, 12%.
    In Lincolnshire, the proportion gaining the benchmark is lower than the national average in 2015: 56.10%.  Buckinghamshire’s is much higher: 68.90% but that can’t be used as showing selection raises results overall because Kent is no better than average and Lincolnshire is slightly below average.

  5. MadgeJesss SchoolsImprove You could argue that the small % going to Uni used to achieve a degree and then go onto a career otherwise unachievable. Now many of those 50% going to Uni pick up degrees that employers don’t really value.

    Quantity over quality thats what we have today

  6. John Dalton

    The overall performances in selective authorities are little different to fully comprehensive organised authorities despite the fact they attract affluent and able pupils from outside their area and a higher percentage of those who may have opted for private education elsewhere. Clearly for the average to be similar where there are higher than average achieving schools others in the same area must be lower than average. What is also known is that in selective areas the children of the wealthy do disproportionately better than the children of the poor.

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