Rowena Mason and Alice Ross in the Guardian cite Sutton Trust research on grammar schools.
Theresa May has been warned she will face stiff opposition to plans for new grammar schools from some senior Tory MPs as well as Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
The prime minister was facing a backlash after the Sunday Telegraph reported that she will announce a return to more selective schools in England as early as the Conservatives’ autumn conference.
Downing Street made no attempt to dampen speculation that an extension of selection in schools is on the government’s agenda, releasing a statement on Sunday that said: “The prime minister has been clear that we need to build a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.
The Sutton Trust has found that only 3% of children at grammar schools were on free school lunches, compared with 20% across the country, undermining the argument that they help social mobility.
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