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grammar school revival?

8 August 2013

The Conservative spokesman for Education in Wales has proposed revisiting ‘the successful elements of grammar schools’ by separating children at 14 into educational and vocational streams.

Although this has been criticised as a ‘totally muddled’ step backwards to a time when some children were ‘written off’ at 11 by the opposition, grammar schools are traditionally favoured by the Conservative Party. Might the door be flung open for more grammar schools in England if Wales were to introduce it?

In view my, it is highly unlikely.  David Cameron opposes selective education and has not removed the restriction on creating new grammar schools. Furthermore, The Government believes it has sufficiently increased parental choice through the academies programme and the introduction of free schools to the extent where, arguably, there is no room for grammar school revival. I would be surprised if it was presented as a Conservative policy in England.

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