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Selection is a distraction: curriculum is where it’s at

Historical data shows that it’s not school type, but the subjects studied at different institutions that explains the success of grammar pupils in later life

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The government’s grammar school proposals have been fiercely criticised for the impact they will have on poorer pupils. Research shows that selective schools are dominated by children from privileged families and that, overall, grammars increase educational inequality.

Because of this – and because of the intensity of the debate – it can seem as though abolishing selection is the determining factor in creating a socially just education system. But research also shows that there is another factor that, although often conflated with selection, is actually even more important: curriculum content. ...

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