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Why arguments against grammar schools fall flat

Few things will spark an edu-Twitter combustion faster than a thinktank report citing the case in favour of grammar schools, but opponents of the 11-plus blindly ignore the fact that selection is already rife in the education system, insists Nick Hillman

Grammar school arguments

There is no such thing as a wholly new question in education policy. Every generation grapples with the same conundrums. What are the best forms of teaching? What should be taught? What are the best ways to learn? Yet, these old questions sometimes need new answers.

For the past few weeks, I have been in the eye of a storm about one issue that never dies: academic selection. Should different pupils be offered – or forced onto – separate pathways, such as academic and vocational? Ever since the mass closure of grammar schools, Establishment opinion has deemed most selection to be wrong. But ...

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