Grammars admit fewer children from poorer backgrounds: study

The proportion of children from poorer families going to grammar school in England has gone backwards despite a government push to widen their intakes, The Independent has reported.

According to figures obtained under Freedom of Information by Comprehensive Future, the proportion of “pupil premium” students attending grammars in year 7 dropped from 8.48 percent in 2017 to 8.31 percent in 2019.

To receive the pupil premium, a child needs to have been eligible for free school meals during the last six years.

The national average for these pupils across all secondary schools is 27.6 per cent.

The drop has occurred despite the government urging grammars to widen their intakes since 2016, The Independent reported.

In 2018 it launched a £50m fund to encourage schools to boost the entry of poorer pupils.

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