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How to compete when your neighbours select

Could ‘grammar streams’ help non-selective schools to hold their own? For two secondaries, the scheme is already seeing off the challenge of their rivals…

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In less than a month’s time, ministers will have a mandate to introduce new grammar schools across the country – if opinion polls are anywhere near accurate.

Some secondaries will have to adjust as a neighbour starts to cream off the most academically able pupils in the area.

Last week, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s former chief inspector, told Tes he was unconvinced that comprehensive schools near to grammar schools – effectively secondary moderns – would be able to overcome the challenges of selection. “They will be seen as a second-rate school,” he warned.

But two “comprehensives” tucked ...

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