Tax wealthy parents using private tutors to win grammar places, says study

The TES is reporting that academics have found that children in England who were tutored for the 11-plus are more likely to win a place in a grammar school…

Wealthy families who use private tutors to help secure grammar school places should be taxed to help pay for poorer children to access the same help, it has been suggested.

The authors of a new study argue that a levy should be imposed on high-income families to help level the playing field in access to selective schools.

The paper, by academics at the UCL Institute of Education, examined the backgrounds of more than 1,800 children living in areas of England and Northern Ireland that have grammar schools.

It found that in England, poorer children – those from families in the bottom quarter of household incomes – had less than a 10 per cent chance of attending a grammar school, compared with a 40 per cent chance among those youngsters from families in the top quarter of household incomes.

Just under three-quarters of those children in England who were tutored gained a grammar school place, compared with 14 per cent of those that were not tutored, the report concludes.

Study author John Jerrim said: “The government claims that expanding grammars will boost social mobility. But our research shows that private tuition used by high-income families gives them a big advantage in getting in.”

More at: Tax wealthy parents using private tutors to win grammar places, says study

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena

Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or  just someone who cares about education and has something to get off  your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.

We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!

 

One in three headteachers cut back on staff due to school funding pressures, survey says
Teaching union calls for 5% pay rise with possible strike backing
Categories: Grammar Schools.

Comments

  1. Mia Bree

    If a person is increasing in his business then it proves beneficial for the country as the money is coming in their country. The business men are the basic pillars of our society because on their review on au.edubirdie ideas and hard working a company use to stand against the others.

  2. Eugene Killion

    The big con of our educational system is that the private lessons are absent. Every student must be approach individually, cause everyone has different educational abilities. Students often have to use paper writing service when they missing schedules or don’t understand the meaning behind the assignment.

Let us know what you think...