We investigate how parents’ preferences, school selectiveness and admissions policy determine who gets to go to which schools

So who will get to go to a grammar school if the Sevenoaks annexe opens?

The arguments for and against grammar schools are well rehearsed. Grammar schools provide a good education for those who get to attend - I think the best guess in the literature is that they experience gains in the order of 1 grade in 4 of their best 8 GCSE exams. This isn’t a huge impact, [...]

By | October 15th, 2015|Admissions, Pupil demographics|

Do grammar schools boost the performance of Primary Schools?

Over the weekend the Daily Mail reported on plans to open the first new Grammar School in 50 years. The arguments for and against Grammar Schools as agents of educational improvement and social mobility will doubtless be rehearsed with even greater vigour in the coming months. In this blog we look at whether private tuition [...]

By | August 10th, 2015|Admissions, Exams and assessment|

The ‘lucky’ children who just get into grammar schools don’t appear to achieve more than their primary school contemporaries who just miss out

It is actually quite hard to say anything about the causal impact of grammar schools. There is no such thing as selective and non-selective areas: 1 in 5 grammar school students cross over a local authority border on the way to school. And perhaps as many as 1 in 5 grammar school students were not in [...]

By | March 5th, 2015|Admissions|