Back to school this week. It's the term of public exams, sports days, school trips, expeditions and tours, art exhibitions, tennis and cricket, summer concerts and plays, charity events, end of year reports and - we hope - sunlit fun.
The press will, doubtless, cover teacher shortages, the academisation controversy, the testing controversy, the inevitable paedophile teacher, the facts that PISA says we continue to sink academically, that our leavers don't get jobs and that grade inflation has strangely become deflation.
Our schools are under immense pressure. But the true fact is that, for the most part, they do an extraordinary job. Teachers and their leaders work tirelessly, with dedication and patience - often under circumstances that are far more challenging than in earlier decades. The young adults they produce are, in general, a great credit to them and to us all. They deserve a productive and fulfilling future.
So - a challenge to our press. Let's celebrate our schools this term. This is not to say we shouldn't report the usual scandals, failures and the destructive meddling of politicians. But these are not the fault of the schools. Let's give them - and their young achievers - the credit they deserve.
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Identifying and locating grammar schools. Grammar schools are located in 36 English local authorities. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston, with only a few grammar schools.
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