This experimental post revisits the question whether all grammar schools are effective in closing attainment gaps between disadvantaged students and their peers.
Ministers have asserted as much in recent speeches, but they are relying on a single piece of research, now more than a decade old. The Education Policy Institute has countered with qualified statistical comparisons between selective and comprehensive schools
This post explores what can be deduced about the effectiveness of individual grammar schools from published School Performance Tables data. It is divided into three sections:
- Commentary on the evidence behind the Government’s statement and on the Education Policy Institute’s counter-analysis.
- Experimental analysis of 2015 Performance Tables data relating to several different headline measures.
- Comparison between these new findings and my previous Performance Tables analysis covering the period from 2011 to 2013.
The middle section is is very much a work in progress and I welcome your constructive…
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