The Sunday Times is reporting that Theresa May’s new generation of grammar schools risk becoming the preserve of pupils from wealthy families who can afford tutoring for the entrance tests, MPs are expected to say this week.
The newspaper reports that the Commons education select committee will warn that the prime minister’s flagship reforms must be judged by the impact they have on the education system, not on individual youngsters’ attainment.
The schools will be highly selective and admit only the brightest 1 in 10 children, making them much more elitist than the existing 163 grammars, which typically admit the top 25%.
The article says that the committee will say:
“The government is yet to demonstrate how an admissions system could be designed in a manner that would be immune to gaming, or being reduced to the ability to pay…
“The creation of new grammar schools would have effects throughout the education system…
“The government must consider carefully the consequences for school funding, the supply of teachers and the overall health of schools in England.”
More at: Tutored children of rich ‘will swamp new grammars’ (Subscription required)
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