03:11PM, Friday 16 September 2016
Theresa May’s proposals to bring back grammar schools are complicated, extraordinarily divisive and totally unnecessary.
The UK’s school system is working pretty well. It is reported that record numbers of students attend schools rated good or outstanding. Failing schools have been turned around. Cities such as London and Birmingham, once noted for underachievement, now have schools whose exam results are some of the best.
Obviously our comprehensive education system needs constant development and improvement but it should not be replaced with a selective alternative system that was abandoned 50 years ago because it failed.
The current comprehensive education system is inclusive, not divisive and provides the opportunity for all students to achieve their full potential no matter what their background or academic capabilities.
Furthermore non-selective schools remove many social barriers.
I do not know if Mrs May consulted with the head teachers in her constituency while arriving at her decision to bring back grammar schools.
It must be particularly disappointing for teaching staff at the schools in the Royal Borough to see Mrs May’s proposals when they have just been celebrating excellent GCSE and A-level results.
It is good that Mrs May wants to improve our education system and the best way to achieve this is to provide help, support and guidance to our comprehensive school system with the aim of making all schools good to outstanding.
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