by Jackie Porter on 31 May, 2017
Imagine the scenario:-
More homes, more children move into the area and we need another secondary school.
It cannot be a local authority school because the Conservatives say it has to be an academy or free school.
The new school gets paid a sum per pupil, so it wants to make sure it is full. It decides to be a Grammar School (the governors know they are always popular!)
The parents in the area are interested.
They have heard Mrs May say she wants to set up grammar schools, because she tells you that she thinks the children do well in them.But is she right? It’s not that simple.
The Sutton Trust, a respected educational research charity gives a different, evidence based view. Bright children do well anywhere, the less academically able do worse in the selective system, and have far less chance to shine unexpectedly, in practical terms or in one or more academic subjects.
Mrs May doesn’t tell you
We have a comprehensive system where all the schools are good or outstanding in this constituency, and they are all popular. Introducing a grammar school will bring a new dimension (and cost of transport) into the issue.
I think there are so many advantages to comprehensive education– we want your local school to be a good school.
Liberal Democrats are opposed to the introduction of new secondary schools.
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