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Selective education: Committee holds evidence check session on Government proposals

8 November 2016

Following Government proposals to overturn the existing ban on new grammar schools and extend selective education, the Education Committee holds an 'evidence check' hearing with the Department for Education, academics and policy experts.


Tuesday 8 November, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 9.45am

  • Rebecca Allen, Reader in Education, University College London, and Director of Education Datalab
  • Professor David Jesson, Professor of Economics, University of York
  • Luke Sibieta, Programme Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Professor Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education, University of Cambridge

  • Nick Gibb MP, Minister for School Standards, Department for Education
  • Dr Tim Leunig, Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Analyst, Department for Education
  • Donna Ward, Chief Analyst, Department for Education

Schools that Work for Everyone

The Education Committee's one-off session aims to review the existing evidence for selective education, ahead of the conclusion of the public consultation (on 12 December 2016) on the Government's green paper Schools that Work for Everyone (PDF 368 KB).

Neil Carmichael, MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

"Since the Government announced its Green Paper proposing an extension to selective education, the air has been thick with the sound of claims and counter-claims on the benefits and disadvantages of grammar schools.

As a Committee, it's important we try to get underneath the rhetoric and examine the evidence. This session gives us a valuable opportunity to hear the cases for and against grammar schools, and their effects on academic attainment, social mobility, and on the education system as a whole."

Evidence checks are a form of select committee inquiry previously used by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee and the Education Committee, and have been used to take a closer look at the evidence base for a high-profile policy.

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