Attending a grammar school has no positive impact on a teenager’s self-esteem or their future aspirations, a study has suggested. Grammar school students also do not gain any academic advantage over children who attend non-selective state schools by the age of 14, researchers have found. The study, by the UCL Institute of Education, comes just days after the government announced controversial plans to hand over £50m to existing grammar schools to create more places. Read more Government gives £50m to expand grammar schools amid funding ‘crisis’ Researchers analysed data from 883 children in England and 733 children in Northern Ireland who had similar academic achievements at primary school and came from similar backgrounds. And they found that attending a grammar school had no positive impact upon teenagers’ attitudes towards schools, self-esteem, future aspirations or their English vocabulary. Those who led the research say the results indicate the funding should be directed elsewhere. Professor John Jerrim, lead author of the study, said: “The money the government is planning to spend on grammar school expansion is unlikely to bring benefits for young people. “Even those children who are likely to fill these new places are unlikely to be happier, more engaged at… Read full this story
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