Just missing out on grammar school hits university hopes, study suggests

High-performing students in selective areas who just miss out on attending a grammar school are less likely to go to university than similar students in non-selective areas – and more likely to drop out if they do.

A study by the UCL Institute of Education, University of Bristol and University of Warwick concludes that outcomes for these pupils are “significantly worse”.

The research focused on primary school children in areas with selective education who perform well in key stage 2 assessments but who just miss out on getting into grammar school.

It finds that compared to peers with similar achievement in non-selective areas, these children:

The report states: “This is in some ways a central part of the case against grammar schools – the presence of selection implies significant harm to high-performing pupils who just fail to clear the hurdle of the selection exam.”

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