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Education Grammar schools ‘drag down performance’

CHILDREN are more likely to perform better at schools in areas where there are fewer grammar schools, according to new government statistics.

Figures released yesterday show that pupils who sat their A-levels last year in highly selective areas and did not attend a grammar school received poorer results than if they had been educated in a grammar-free area.

Students were less than half as likely to achieve three good A- levels, at 4.7 per cent, compared to those who sat exams in areas with fewer grammar schools where 9.8 per cent of students received the grades.

This will disproportionately affect disadvantaged children who are represented poorly at grammar schools, with only 2.6 per cent on average attending compared with 13.4 per cent across non-selective schools.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds had previously said he would not want selective schooling in his own constituency as it would be “divisive.”

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, said: “It is hard to see how the Tories can even begin to justify their reignited grammar school agenda, when their own figures prove that they unfairly drag down the results of children who live in areas where there are lots of grammar schools.

"The Tories need to concentrate on improving standards at all schools and move on from the regressive and backward policy that is based on no evidence and will make life worse for the majority of children.”

The findings follow the government's recent announcement that it would create an annual pot of £50 million to allow existing grammar schools to expand.

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