Putting children through the 11-plus has little impact on their mental health ...

Putting children through the 11-plus has little impact on their mental health or anxiety levels, study suggests Pupils who live in grammar school areas are just as happy as those who do not UCL academics found similar levels of wellbeing and content at ages 11 and 14  The study examined 4,784 children, 1,094 of which lived in 'selective' areas 

By Eleanor Harding Education Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:31 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 00:31 GMT, 1 March 2019

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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 

Melissa Benn, who is leading a crusade against grammar schools, claims entrance exams cause children too much stress 

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