Grammar schools and social mobility: what's the evidence?
Grammar schools are back in the headlines, with particular reference to their impact on social mobility. What does the evidence tell us?
Do poor grammar schools pupils make twice as much progress?
Poor children in particular seem to do particularly well at grammar schools (if they attend in the first place).
Few pupils are both at grammar schools and on free school meals
It’s correct that grammar school pupils entitled to free school meals are one in a thousand.
Poorer children are less likely to go to grammar schools
Poorer children are less likely to go to grammar schools even if they are high achievers.
How do selective school ratings compare?
A greater proportion of grammar schools are rated “outstanding” or “good” by Ofsted than the proportion of all UK state schools rated in these top two categories.
Poor children that get into grammar schools seem to do well
Is the attainment gap in grammar schools "virtually zero"?
Grammar schools benefit some pupils but the majority do worse
Evidence suggests pupils who get into grammar schools perform better than they would under comprehensive education, and pupils who don’t perform worse.
The government’s proposals could change what we know about selection
At this week's Prime Minister's Questions, Theresa May faces questions on how the government's new grammar schools plan will work.
Poor children do worse in areas that have grammar schools
How many grammar school pupils are on free school meals?
Social mobility in the selective education era
The evidence suggests that grammar schools weren't any better for overall social mobility in their 1950s/60s heyday than they are at the moment.