The link between global education rankings and grammar schools

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) published its global education rankings today with Asian nations dominating the top of the table. The Pisa global education rankings similarly show Asian schools performing better than Western schools. It is always difficult to separate the effects of school structures from the culture and attitudes of the people. Is … Read more…

Please write to your MP to request changes to the DfE consultation on new selective schools

The Department for Education is currently surveying the public to seek views on the ‘Schools that Work for Everyone’ green paper. This paper includes a proposal to overturn current law and allow new grammar schools. The government will allow comprehensive schools to become selective, and they will allow new grammar schools to be created based … Read more…

When a test score doesn’t matter – how Kent doesn’t even trust its own eleven-plus test

Kent grammar schools award more than a thousands places every year to children who don’t pass the eleven-plus. This graph plots the test scores of every child taking Kent’s 11 plus in 2015. The green lines show the scores of children classed as ‘suitable for grammar school.’ The red bars are the scores of children … Read more…

How do 11 plus admissions work in disadvantaged communities?

Grammar school supporters often use the argument that the UK’s remaining 164 grammar schools are not representative of a working grammar school system. They claim the remaining grammars are ‘besieged’  by wealthy families who use prep schools and tutors because there are not enough selective school places in the system. However in Kent just under … Read more…