1. Does the selective system lead to better overall educational outcomes for Trafford compared to LEAs with a similar socio-economic population without selective systems?
There are lists available of LEA and various outcomes - I suppose what you would have to do is decide what outcome you are looking for ... GCSE / University places / ability to manage a tax return / value added / A levels etc etc and then decide what socio-economic determinant you will use to compare. There are plenty to chose from. - commonest are : FSM / unemployment / lone parents / single pensioner households / households with no working adult / households with no car / level of education of head of household etc etc
I'm also interested in who is in charge of education in the borough. I suspect no-one, which makes changes and improvements difficult to achieve
Presumably they have a director of education? Councillors?
ETA: here is a list of LEAs by some education variable (right hand side of the page - rest is Yorkshire stuff)http://www2.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/league ... %20NEW.pdf