James Forsyth

The state of education

The state of education
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A statistic in today’s Daily Mail reveals just how badly comprehensives are failing their pupils.

“They educate only seven per cent of pupils, but independent schools produce more teenagers with three A grade A-levels than all our comprehensives put together.

More than 10,000 pupils at fee-paying schools achieved three As last year. But among those at comprehensives, fewer than 7,500 achieved such good results.”

In his first speech to the Labour conference as party leader, Gordon Brown declared:

“the reason I am here - the real reason I am here - is that I want their children and their grandchildren whom I also represent to have all the chances that were not available to my school friends when we were growing up.”

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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