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Unequal lives – to university and beyond

This article is mainly based on new research by Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden,  John Micklewright and Anna Vignoles Considerable emphasis is placed on the Attainment Gap at age 16. New research has shown that this inequality continues into university and … Continue reading

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The logic of selection: keeping the working class in its place

by Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford What led Theresa May to ‘seize the day’ by promising us more grammar schools? Some have suggested it was a clever tactic to distract us from Brexit; others that it was to placate … Continue reading

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Grammar school plans: a dangerous distraction

by Professor Mel Ainscow, University of Manchester   The decision to abolish Some years ago a neighbour came to my front door crying because her daughter had failed the eleven plus and, as a result, would not get a place … Continue reading

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Grammar schools: increasing inequality

Schools were only just back after the summer when Theresa May announced her intention to increase the number of grammar schools. Will this Government stop at nothing to undermine the principle of a good education for every child? This announcement … Continue reading

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BACC to a grammar and prep school curriculum?

by Dr Valerie Coultas, School of Education, Kingston University The Conservative government’s changes in the curriculum and testing are presented as radical, forward looking, and creating greater opportunities for all. In reality the new curriculum in the primary school, the new GCSE … Continue reading

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A future going backwards (part 2)

by Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford What a complex and fragmented collection of schools existed in 19th Century England. Voluntary philanthropic initiatives, struggles between the Anglican church and Dissenters, middle class reformers, business interests, and public schools for the … Continue reading

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A future going backwards (part 1)

by Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford So here we are in the 21st century seeing an education system being shaped on 19th century patterns rather than a system for the future. In those days, a combination of religious and … Continue reading

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