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Greg Hurst: Terms of debate have changed

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The Times’ Greg Hurst cites findings from our Poor Grammar report and earlier Sutton Trust research. As Theresa May noted, people tend to “get lost in the argument” about whether grammar schools improved social mobility in their heyday of the 1950s and 1960s (Greg Hurst writes). ….. Some Conservative counties such as Kent and Buckinghamshire… Read more »

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Grammar schools plan and social mobility

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Sir Peter Lampl wrote to The Times about grammar schools. Sir, Further to Tim Montgomerie’s article, there is no question that grammar schools are socially selective. The average proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals in grammar schools is 3 per cent compared with 18 per cent in the boroughs they serve. As things… Read more »

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Tim Montgomerie cites findings from our Leading People 2016 report. If it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to destroy every f***ing grammar school in England. And Wales. And Northern Ireland.” The authenticity of the quotation, attributed to Tony Crosland by his wife Susan, is contested but there is no doubting the determination that… Read more »

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The Times’ Nicola Woolcock cites findings from our Shadow Schooling report. A quarter of children are being privately taught outside school as middle-class parents engage in a “tutoring arms race”, according to analysis. The report by the Sutton Trust think tank suggests that children at independent schools are twice as likely to have private tutors… Read more »

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The Times’ Tim Montgomerie cites our research on apprenticeships. Even the “moderate” candidate to lead Her Majesty’s Opposition advocates talking to Islamic State, creating £270 billion of unfunded new spending and granting an increasingly left-wing membership control of Labour policy. So, goodbye, Trident; goodbye, charitable status for private schools; goodbye, union laws. Whether Owen Smith… Read more »

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State school athletes had golden games

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Greg Hurst reported for The Times on our analysis of the education of Team GM Olympic medallists Olympic medallists such as Max Whitlock, Laura Trott and Mo Farah have helped to chip away at the traditional dominance of independent schools in elite sports, analysis shows. In total 60 per cent of Team GB’s medallists in… Read more »

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Leading Article: Losing Focus

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The Times leading article cites Sutton Trust research ‘Poor Grammar’. When Theresa May stood in front of 10 Downing Street on the first day of her premiership, she reminded the nation of the burning injustice that poorer children get a poorer education and end up in lower-paid jobs. Mrs May is right to fight such… Read more »

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 05: Pupils at Williamwood High School attend a math class on February 5, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Oliver Wright of the Times cites Sir Peter Lampl’s comment on the government’s grammar School plans. Ambitious plans to drive up educational standards in some of the most deprived areas have been delayed amid fears that they could be amended or even abandoned because of the government’s new grammar schools policy. The Department for Education… Read more »

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 05: Pupils at Williamwood High School study in the library on February 5, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Oliver Wright and Nicola Woolcock cite Sutton Trust research on grammar schools in The Times. Theresa May was accused last night of putting ideology ahead of improving standards after Downing Street confirmed that the government was considering new grammar schools. The Conservative chairman of the education select committee said that efforts to re-establish grammar schools… Read more »