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How Much Does Private Tutoring Matter for Grammar School Admissions?

By January 2, 2020 June 15th, 2020 No Comments

From: FFT Education Datalab – John Jerim – admissions & pupil demographics


Before the 2017 general election, it seemed like grammar schools were about to make a widespread return to England.

Although this didn’t happen after the Tories lost their parliamentary majority, the new Secretary of State for Education has backed plans to allow existing grammar schools to expand.

This renewed interest in expanding selective education has helped to highlight how around 5% of secondary-age children in England currently attend a grammar school, with around one-in-ten young people in England already effectively living within a selective education area.

Towards the end of primary school, many children and their families face a nervous time waiting to find out if they have managed to gain entry into a grammar school.

This raises an important question – what are the factors that make the difference to gaining entry? And to what extent do these factors create a gap in grammar school attendance rates between the rich and poor?

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