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Public backs comprehensive schools.

Public backs comprehensive schools.

Research for Sutton Trust urges action to tackle effect of 'summer learning gap' on disadvantaged pupils

The public overwhelming backs comprehensive schools rather than grammar schools to improve social mobility, a new poll has found.

The findings of an Ipsos Mori survey come in a new study published by the Sutton Trust today, which suggests that people are increasingly pessimistic about opportunities for the younger generation.

When asked to chose from a list of options that would most help those from less advantaged backgrounds get ahead in life, 47 per cent selected “high-quality teaching in comprehensive schools”.

This compared to 23 per cent who opted for lower university tuition fees, 8 per cent for access to grammar schools, and 7 per cent for “access to private schools for families who can’t afford it”.

Just 4 per cent chose high-quality nurseries or child care.

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