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With grammar schools seemingly back on the agenda – it feels like 2016 all over again. Thankfully we are not at that stage yet, but both candidates in the Conservative leadership election have shown their support for grammar schools, in the hope it will get them the support of party members.

It has reignited the debate on grammar schools, with the usual arguments for those in support of selecting pupils at age 11 resurfacing.

But does the data back them up?

The argument invariably begins with the claim that grammars create a great levelling opportunity, where all pupils can thrive no matter their background.

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