Three cheers for comprehensives
This week, we carry two reports on page six that remind us how much comprehensive schools have done to improve the life chances of the disadvantaged. Catholic schools in particular have done exceptionally well for working-class pupils, as Professor Tom Devine emphasises. On top of that is the Edinburgh University evidence that Scotland's more inclusive system has delivered for the aspiring middle and lower attaining groups, much more so than the more diverse system south of the border. Critics would do well to consider such evidence before attempting to dismantle something that works and is improving, in favour of market-driven solutions.