Letters: More grammars will increase inequality

If Tim Mickleburgh is really interested in equality in education then he should be against the expansion of grammar schools (LP Letters, August 16).

Friday, 24th August 2018, 5:29 pm
Updated Friday, 24th August 2018, 6:35 pm
What do you think about grammar schools?

Firstly, there is little evidence that grammar schools are as effective as some may think.

For example, the Institute of Education recently found that “grammar school pupils do not gain any advantage over children who do not attend a grammar school”.

This same research was reported in The Telegraph (hardly a Labour-supporting paper) under the headline “Grammar schools do not help children achieve academic success”.

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Secondly, there is overwhelming evidence that grammar schools will not lead to greater equality.

Researchers at Durham University have looked at the effect of selection on pupil attainment and concluded that “…there is no evidence that grammar schools

can promote social


Also, The Institute of Fiscal Studies reviewed evidence regarding grammar schools and social mobility and reported that expanding the number of grammar schools in England will “increase inequality”.

Danny Breen



Proud Preston’s iconic buildings

I am helping with the guided tours of Preston Railway Station as part of the 2018 English Heritage Weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9.

Unfortunately, owing to an ‘admin error’, our tour has only been advertised for Saturday (September 8).

This is incorrect.

In fact the tours take place on both Saturday and Sunday. Each day, station tours begin, at 11am, 1pm and finally at 3pm. Tours take approximately one hour and 30 minutes. Meeting place is at the main station entrance, by the ticket booking hall.

The tour is free and is open to all ages. Bring the kids!

During the English Heritage Weekend, upwards of 20 iconic buildings of Proud Preston are open, free of charge, to the public.

Hope to see you on the day. English Heritage leaflets, giving full opening times of all venues, are available at the Harris Museum, in the city centre. Contact [email protected] for further information.

Wilf Riley

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