Not to be deterred, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) published a case for grammar schools by Iain Mansfield in December 2019 (The Impact of Selective Secondary Education on Progression to Higher Education). Formally a principal official at the Department for Education he was responsible for the design of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). His grasp of the situation is, therefore, a sound one in practical terms. However, his conclusion that “Overall, selective schooling, whether in the form of grammar schools or specialist Maths schools, dramatically increases the likelihood of students in the most disadvantaged two quintiles, or below the median income, progressing to highly-selective universities, including Oxbridge” has met with some resistance. Certainly, it would seem that for the lucky few this may be the case, but it's never that simple.
Mike Larkin, retired from Queen's University Belfast after 37 years teaching Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics.