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11-plus favours wealthy children

by Guardian, September 1, 2004

Poor children are only half as likely as richer ones to get into grammar schools, even when tests show they are of equally high ability, according to research at Bristol University which identifies a "huge gulf" between the general mix of pupils and the social range in grammar schools.
In the 19 local education authorities in England that keep the 11-plus, 6% of the pupils eligible for free school meals attend grammar schools compared with 26% of other children.