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No missing rungs in ladder of opportunity

It is perverse to claim that the expansion of the Assisted Places Scheme conflicts with the Prime Minister's "classless-society rhetoric" ("Major logic", TES, October 20) when the scheme is impeccably meritocratic in concept. That it succeeds in providing a valuable ladder of opportunity for children from low-income families is demonstrated in the feature on Bradford Grammar School.

It is also disappointing to see The TES accepting uncritically Labour's "calculation", as you flatteringly call it, that it can fund smaller state primary classes from phasing out the APS. Since such a calculation reveals staggering economic illiteracy, it is that which is more deserving of your charge of a "crude electoral bribe".

D J WOODHEAD National director Independent Schools Information Service

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