ResPublica report says grammar schools can boost the performance of ‘poor but bright pupils’

Graham Brady MP welcomed the report by ResPublica which said that grammar schools could boost the performance of poor  pupils by ten percentage points compared to non-selective schools.

In the report,  commissioned by Knowsley Council, ResPublica also points to research that found grammar schools, which Theresa May’s government has said it will bring back, are more likely to enable children receiving free school meals to achieve as much as those from middle class backgrounds.

Graham Brady said: ‘This is very powerful evidence that grammar schools can transform lives and opportunities. We know from history that academic selection, when it is open to everyone, without fees, can be a great motor of social mobility. The government’s new green paper will give hope to people in less affluent areas across the country and should be welcomed by everyone.’

A link to the report can be found here: http://www.respublica.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Final_Report_October_2016.pdf.