Criticism, scepticism and anger greets selective education policy

Government policy
The government faced widespread criticism this week as the secondary education sector voiced its significant concern and scepticism over plans to end the ban on new grammar schools in England.

On Monday (September 12), education secretary Justine Greening faced questions in the House of Commons over the proposals as it emerged that a number of Tory backbenchers might refuse to support the policy.

It means that the government might struggle to get the plans through Parliament. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already said his party would try to block the policy in the House of Lords.

Furthermore, teachers and school leaders seem universally against the proposals, labelling selection a “blight” and accusing prime minister Teresa May of “policy by nostalgia”.

On Friday (September 9), in her first major domestic speech as prime minister, Ms May revealed her intention to “relax the restrictions on new or expanding selective schools” and to allow existing non-selective schools to become selective “in the right circumstances”.

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