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Selective Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the merits of selective education; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills

If all local education authority areas returned the same value added as selective local education authority areas, the average results would improve by the equivalent of about one and a half grades in one subject at GCSE.

However, this calculation does not take account of the different characteristics of pupils educated in different LEAs. The Government's position on selection is clear. It is socially divisive, we do not support it and we do not wish to see it extended.

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