It\’s win-win: if families know their children will join a social mix, not be left stranded in a low-ability school, that eases middle class anxiety – while the mix raises all children\’s chances. The old GLC system used to band London children by ability at 11, so that every school got a fair share of each band. Had Labour dared break down class segregation instead of encouraging \”choice\” and phoney religious selection, results would be improving faster now.
Even Polly now supports the 11 plus? In effect, if not in name?