GRAMMAR SCHOOLS SHOULD ACTIVELY DISCRIMINATE IN FAVOUR OF CHILDREN FROM POORER HOMES-A REPORT HAS SUGGESTED:

Head teachers of the most sought-after Grammar schools have been told to prioritise working-class pupils during the admissions process to ensure that entrance is based on “merit not money” it has been claimed.
This report from a study by the Sutton Trust comes amid fears that grammar schools are increasingly being monopolised by children from affluent backgrounds.
New figures published by the charity show that children who were previously educated in private prep schools are significantly over-represented in grammars while those from poorer families miss out.
Schools with below-average intake of poor pupils should consider “giving preference” to students from low or middle income households who reach a minimum threshold in the test
Some suggestions made by the trust include:
• Pupils from poor backgrounds who achieve a minimum entry threshold in the 11-plus exam should be fast tracked into schools.
• All children should be given a minimum of 10 hours of tutoring-funded by the school or local council to prepare them for the test.
• Primary schools should support pupils from poor homes to apply to grammars.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk/education

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