Education Policy

Do grammar schools make any difference to the achievements of bright kids?

Rebecca, a primary school mum, asks about selective schools, such as grammars, and whether they make a difference to attainment levels of children.  She wonders if a better sign of future success would be the level of achievement gained at the end of primary school.

Professor Alice Sullivan uses information from the British Cohort Studies to reveal that grammar schools had limited effect on social mobility in the 1970s when the system was most widespread.  As the education system has changed, the data shows there is no advantage for  children attending these schools in terms of their access to good quality higher education.