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Dr Gaz May 29
I failed the 12+. Got terrible GCSEs as a result. Ended up getting a 1st class degree, did MSc at Cambridge, got a PhD in physics. I’m against grammars because by definition, they condemn many academically able children to lower expectations and lower standards.
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Stewart McNicol Jan 13
Why is the debate on always framed as a discussion of the merits or ills of ? For each place at a grammar, four kids are placed in a Secondary Modern (or equivalent). Is nobody keen to discuss these kids, their demography, life chances, etc?
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David Carter May 29
There is a fundamental misunderstanding that in a selective school community the other schools are comprehensives.
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Em 👽 Jun 2
I failed my 11+ and went to a comprehensive school whereas my older brother passed and went to a grammar, yet I surpassed him in both GCSE and A Level grades. If anything going to a non-grammar school made me work even harder to prove a point 🖕
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Ben King Sep 8
So you told that there was ‘all kinds of research’ to support . I think I can speak for an entire profession when I politely ask you to reference or link us to one single piece of this evidence of which you speak?
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Emma Mathews May 29
Head teacher on BBC show says children from poorer backgrounds don't have support from their parents who are considered unambitious. This is both disgusting and insulting stereotyping.
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Sallie Stanton May 29
I'm finding this programme on really troubling so far. I am relieved, as a parent, not to live in an area with grammar schools, and as a teacher, not to work in an area with grammar schools.
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hons🐳 Jun 5
Watching on BBC Two reminded me of a lot of things about but most of all how truly incredible the support staff are, I wouldn’t, and many other townley girls would also agree they also wouldn’t have got through school without staff like Miss Fitzgerald.
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Bonnie Greer Aug 15
How about best ? A curriculum fit for the 21st Century, including languages; maths; science; art..& ! Raise teacher pay & respect for the profession. Make school buildings safe havens where good food is served; athletics ,sport.and art. Not
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Jack 🇬🇧✡️ May 29
programme on. Contrary to what socialists like to jump up and get excited about, there is a very diverse mix of children from a variety of different backgrounds. They’re a good system of education for some children, get over it. Not responding to replies. 😂
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Zacci25 May 29
Watching BBC2s Grammar Schools: Who will get in? Struggling to understand what’s wrong with encouraging kids to work hard to succeed? What IS wrong is letting them believe that it’s the be all and end all. That’s up to the parents
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Lee Osborne Jul 17
Really glad to hear that is not going to expand - have scored a success by opposing government plans for expansion. Excellent!
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Mrs Preston Jun 5
Also the acceptance of this grammar head that the majority of the girls experience mental health issues blows my mind
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David K Smith Jun 12
The headteacher in basically admits the system is unfair but says kids should just learn to offset that. Actually a fair system would make sure there are strong top streams in every single school and great vocational provision too, so all kids can thrive.
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Keele University Jun 27
As Theresa May plans to expand the selective schooling system, new research demonstrates the negative impact the 11+ can have on children as they move towards transition to secondary school
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Rachel G May 29
I have no more words for this grammar head
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Jeremy Arnold May 29
Watching a girl being told live on tv that she didn't get into Grammar School and feels a failure really isn't tv entertainment
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Alexandra Veitch May 10
The reason why I lack so much self belief and haven't made the most out of my time at university because of this fear of failure is because I failed this stupid exam 10 years ago at a formative age - the consequent success has never negated this reality for me!
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David K Smith Jun 12
This headteacher creams off all the best kids at age 11. It says very little for the teaching in his school that they then go on get good exam outcomes. All kids deserve a fair go at education.
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Luke Sewell May 29
rigged system. Many kids from poor backgrounds have support and ambition - just not the money to buy specialised tuition.
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