Grammar schools: Tory manifesto claims and the evidence that debunks them

How evidence-based are the Conservative manifesto proposals on grammar schools? Not at all, says a Professor at the UCL Institute of Education, as she digs into the DfE’s own figures.

Professor Alice Sullivan of the UCL Institute of Education was ‘amazed’ at the claim in the 2017 Conservative Party Manifesto that ‘slightly more children from ordinary, working class families attend selective schools as a percentage of the school intake as compared to non-selective schools’. So she dug into the evidence offered and discovered that this claim goes ‘beyond selective use of evidence, and enters the territory of statistical jiggery-pokery’.

Read about this on the IOE London blog. The ‘UK’s leading centre for education research’ is a rather more reliable source of evidence than ‘statistical jiggery-pokery’.