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Professor Tim Bale, Grammar schools are indefensible. I should know – I went to one


Tim Bale, Professor in Politics at Queen Mary had an opinion piece published in The Guardian about the government’s announcement that it was investing an extra £50m at grammar schools. He writes: “It’s the ultimate zombie policy. Just when you think the 11-plus is, if not finally dead and buried, then at least quarantined, it’s rising from the grave once again. What explains its survival? After all, the internet reliably informs me that there are plenty of ways to actually kill a zombie. By the same token, a quick search on Google and its pointy-headed sister site, Google Scholar, throws up decades worth of research that comprehensively debunks the claims of 11-plus fans that it improves aggregate outcomes and boosts social mobility.”
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