Do grammar schools close attainment gaps?


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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One thought on “Do grammar schools close attainment gaps?

  1. What a lot of numbers about grammar schools, but not one item of research is concerned with school ambiance, developing motivation and opening up possiblilites. These things can be measured, but hey, numbers are so much easier and appear to be scientific. Attainment is not merely school marks, and grammar schools carry on their influences througout life in people’s mind sets. Worth a mention, dontcha think?

    All best,


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