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Is selection good for social mobility?

Is selection good for social mobility?

As the government reiterates its pledge to provide £50m to expand existing grammar schools in England, Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has criticised the plans as "absurd". She said that the evidence was "clear they do nothing to improve social mobility".

The Department for Education said grammar schools will only get a share of this money if they can show they are taking steps to admit more disadvantaged pupils.

This is a comparatively small pot of money - 0.1% of the total schools budget and funding less than 0.1% of all school places.

There are currently 163 grammar schools in England, out of about 3,500 state-funded secondary schools.

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