Grammar schools to offer lower pass marks to poorer pupils

Grammar schools could be forced to lower the eleven-plus pass mark for children from lower-income families in order to end the stranglehold middle-class pupils have on places, Government sources have said.

The proposed reforms, to be announced next month, came as Prime Minister Theresa May revealed she is poised to allow the creation of new grammar schools for the first time since 1998. 

Government insiders told The Times that rules governing social mobility requirements for new selective schools could be rolled out to the existing 163 grammar schools.

Following a Select Committee report, grammar schools could be required to take account of

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