There is an iron law in English education: as any given argument about any problem with schools progresses, the probability that someone will claim grammar schools are the solution rapidly tends towards 1.
I thought I would set out the data on the grammar counties, where children are sorted at the age of 11 according to an academic test.
To do this, I have defined a new region of England: Selectivia. I have removed the biggest selective counties – Kent, Lincolnshire, Medway and Buckinghamshire – from their geographical regions and shoved them together into one new region*. So what is it like? First, you can see that this region is quite well off, compared to most regions, especially London.
|East of England||0.168||9.2%|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||0.216||14.6%|