why can't we use contextual information i.e schools that produce few if any children who get into Grammar Schools be given a lower threshold for entry or those on FSM-back this up by a school report in other words try to capture poor children more on the basis of potential then prior attainment?
certain groups are given special priority already like "looked after children"
this kind of positive discrimination is used now by our top universities now e.g Bristol uni offer a whole grade lower if candiatate comes from the lowest 1/3 of secondary schools-be they state or private so no discrimation of indies there.
there will be no doubt some legal obstacles to overcome but it could be done if only we could overcome the envitable resistance from the middle classes with their sharp elbows protesting/screeming to their local PM , after all it was this very class along with Maggie that first plunged the knife in for state grammars.
this very powerful group of people will do anything to maintain the stanglehold they have over grammar schools
see Amber I too am a lefty/liberal really