How to Overcome Selection by House Price

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  • Selection by house price is a feature of the education system. There is a 20% house price premium near to top comprehensives. The upcoming White Paper will need to tackle this.
  • Free schools reduce selection by house price. Free schools have, on average, higher standards and are 10x more likely to be in the most deprived areas compared to the least.
  • Selective London boroughs with very different characteristics show that grammars are perfectly compatible with a good education for all. For example, 100% of pupils going to secondary schools in Kingston, Redbridge and Sutton attend good or outstanding schools.
  • Grammars offer benefits to bright disadvantaged children. The attainment gap between rich and poor at grammar schools is just 4.3%, but over 25% at all schools.
  • New grammar schools could help reduce selection by house price. Grammar schools should be targeted in areas with few good or outstanding schools.
  • More access to the disadvantaged is needed. For example, current schools that wish to convert into grammars will need active programmes to ensure a representative intake.

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Daniel Mahoney - Wednesday, 5th April, 2017