The Government is today to announce plans to allow for the creation of new grammar schools across the country. A debate will take place in the House of Commons which is led by Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education.
Accidentally revealed Government papers showed last week that there were plans to allow new grammar schools to open. Allowing new schools to open based on selection was stopped by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said on education last week in a keynote speech:
“We are effectively saying to poorer and some of the most disadvantaged children in our country that they can’t have the kind of education their richer counterparts can enjoy”.
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, said about the plans:
“Grammar schools won’t improve the lives of the many; they offer nothing to help hundreds of thousands of our children who deserve the best start in life. In returning to this failed project Theresa May is shifting the Tories even further from the interests of ordinary people, further that even David Cameron who said that rejecting the stale old grammars debate was a ‘key test’ of whether the Tories were fit for government”.