Children from families earning less than £33,000 should have priority for grammars, Justine Greening says

Children from families who earn less than £33,000 should be given priority in grammar schools, as the Government seeks to define “ordinary working families” for the first time.

The Education Secretary said on Thursday that a new wave of selective schools will target children from families on modest incomes who tend to live outside inner cities, including in suburbs and coastal areas.

The group will include children who come from families earning below the median income level but who do not qualify for free school meals. Data from the Department for Education shows around one in three children fall into this category.

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