This lady’s not for evidence

Britain’s favourite civil servant, Sir Humphrey, once said of Prime Minister Hacker, “If he can’t ignore facts he’s got no business being a politician.” When it comes to grammar schools, Prime Minister May seems disinclined to prove him wrong. In recent weeks, casting around for a defence for an evidence-lite policy, May and Education Secretary … Read more

Exploding the myths (part 1): Selection at age 10 does not improve educational outcomes

We are being told by the government that expanding selective education will help more pupils to achieve their full potential. But a simple comparison of Buckinghamshire’s secondary school outcomes with the results of neighbouring comprehensive areas exposes this claim as nonsense. Firstly, look at the pupil attainment gap. This is a key measurement of education … Read more