Education

Grammar school success ‘down to privilege’ – study

Image copyright Getty Images Grammar schools perform no better than non-selective state schools, once their pupils’ higher ability and wealth is taken into account, a study suggests. Academics at Durham University found the “apparent success” of these wholly selective schools was down to their brighter and more advantaged pupils. They say increasing the number of […]

Education

Northern children ‘too often left behind’, says commissioner

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government says its Northern Powerhouse programme is investing billions to boost local economies Too many children growing up in the north of England are facing the double disadvantage of entrenched deprivation and poor schools, a report warns. England’s Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield says children from poorer homes face […]

Education

The scourge of child poverty in the UK

Official figures show a rise in the number of children living in relative poverty in the UK. 4.1 million children now live in families earning less than £16,380 a year – or 60 per cent of the median UK income. More than two thirds of those children are in working families. The Government says levels […]