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How to Overcome Selection by House Price

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  • Selection by house price is a feature of the education system. There is a 20% house price premium near to top comprehensives. The upcoming White Paper will need to tackle this.

  • Free schools reduce selection by house price. Free schools have, on average, higher standards and are 10x more likely to be in the most deprived areas compared to the least.

  • Selective London boroughs with very different characteristics show that grammars are perfectly compatible with a good education for all. For example, 100% of pupils going to secondary schools in Kingston, Redbridge and Sutton attend good or outstanding schools.

  • Grammars offer benefits to bright disadvantaged children. The attainment gap between rich and poor at grammar schools is just 4.3%, but over 25% at all schools.

  • New grammar schools could help reduce selection by house price. Grammar schools should be targeted in areas with few good or outstanding schools.

  • More access to the disadvantaged is needed. For example, current schools that wish to convert into grammars will need active programmes to ensure a representative intake.  

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Daniel Mahoney - Wednesday 5th April 2017

Daniel joined the Centre for Policy Studies as Head of Economic Research in November 2015. He was promoted to Deputy Director in March 2017. Prior to joining the CPS, he worked in research roles for a number of parliamentarians.