Martin George

Academy chains’ plan for ‘pupil premium grammars’

Schools for deprived students would align with government’s social mobility agenda

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Academy chains are considering opening new grammar schools dedicated to disadvantaged children, which they believe will support government efforts to boost social mobility.

One influential academy chain – the Inspiration Trust, which has hosted talks with Department for Education officials – has floated the idea of a “pupil premium grammar school”, TES can reveal.

The selective school – aimed at those qualifying for the additional school funding for pupils from a disadvantaged background – would be sited in one of the government’s 12 opportunity areas.

The areas will share £72 million ...

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