Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The Telegraph: Theresa May must ignore the Tory grammar school pleas if she wants to be truly One Nation

The Telegraph: Theresa May must ignore the Tory grammar school pleas if she wants to be truly One Nation


by Angela Rayner MP



Given that around just 2 per cent of children at grammar schools are eligible for free school meals, it comes as no surprise that in 161 of the 163 grammar schools left in this country, fewer than 10 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

They entrench division and separate out children at an early age.

The evidence shows that grammar schools overwhelmingly benefit those from more affluent backgrounds. This has absolutely nothing to do with academic ability and everything to do with background and wealth.

Grammar schools are about stigmatising children, not on the grounds of their ability, but on their background.


I suspect that Theresa May is much too cautious and risk averse to pursue a grammar school revival, but if she does it will be the reversal of the Conservative Party's current fortune. Parents do not want to see their children branded as failures at the age of 11.

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