By Eleanor Harding Education Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:31 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 00:31 GMT, 1 March 2019
Putting children through grammar school entrance exams has little negative impact on their mental health, a study suggests.
Debunking a myth often cited by left-wing campaigners, research from University College London found that pupils who live in grammar school areas are just as happy as those who do not.
The findings come amid a crusade against grammars led by Tony Benn's daughter Melissa, who claims entrance tests cause too much stress.
Researchers analysed Millennium Cohort Study data from 4,784 children at age 11 – when the test is taken – and 14, when any 'lasting impact' might have become apparent.
Melissa Benn, who is leading a crusade against grammar schools, claims entrance exams cause children too much stress