Grammar schools are pointless when millions of children are still living in poverty

Theresa May argues in favour of grammar schools (having attended one herself) that it’s the government’s role to encourage aspiration and academic excellence in education. There’s nothing wrong with that, but to ignore the context of aspiration and achievement amongst lower income pupils is naive.

There are over three and a half million children living in poverty in the UK and studies show that one in five parents is struggling to feed their children, with no signs of this trend dissipating and every indication things will get worse. 

Learning and academic success isn’t just about the classroom.

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