NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE REPORT
The National Audit Office has produced
a report entitled:
"Making a difference:
performance of maintained schools in England"
It contains a great deal of very
interesting material but paragraph 2.16 makes excellent reading
- Our analysis suggests that on average, across their
range of pupils, the 164 selective schools in England made
a bigger difference to the academic achievements of pupils
than the average for other schools at Key Stage 3, but a smaller
difference at GCSE level.
- The difference made by selective schools at both Key
Stage 3 and GCSE level appear to be of particular benefit
to pupils who have a relatively low level of prior academic
- We also examinded whether the presence of selective
schools in a local education authority had an impact on the performance
of other schools in the authority, but our analysis showed
no significant effect.
These conclusions further undermine the case of anti
selective education campaigners in three key areas: