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As the prime minister sets out plans for an expansion of grammar schools, we look at different incarnations from the past to the future.

How did the grammar school system of the past work?

The 1950s were without doubt the halcyon days of the grammar school system, with bright children from poorer backgrounds fast-tracked into schools thought suitable for their academic ability.

Following the 1944 Education Act, secondary schools were reorganised into two basic types:

  • grammar schools, focusing on academic studies, with the assumption…
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