There are a few threads regarding grammar Schools and FSM but, more emphasis
has to be placed on the widening social gap as a direct result of dominance of
grammar schools from middle to high income families.
The independent articlehttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/educa ... 49702.html
describes grammer schools as 'stuffed full of middle class kids'.
There can be many debates about the direction that grammar schools need to take to address this but, linking places with FSM, while a step in the right direction, does not go far enough
.Ultimately every grammar school place has to be linked with family income with certain restrictions applied
1. Extend the current limited places designated for children on FSM to children whose parents are on working tax credit (to be replaced by Universal Credit) so that eventually every grammer school place is linked with family income.
2. Prohibit children currently attending private independent schools applying for grammar school places.
3. Limit maximum 2 siblings obtaining grammar school places.
4. Regardless of how heavily tutored children are, ultimately places will go to lower income families, probably with lower qualifying scores - going back to the ethos of why grammar school were established in the first place. Eventually the growing 11+ business that has developed would be scaled back as, its target group of middle to higher income parents will not gain an unfair advantage to propel their son/daughter to grammar school.