100 Tory MPs back scrapping the ban on new grammar schools

The Telegraph is reporting that more than 100 Tory MPs are expected to back scrapping the ban on new grammar schools as a campaign launches to secure the change now Theresa May is in Number 10.

Conservative Voice, a Tory activist group launched by David Davis and Liam Fox in 2012, will formally restart its grammar schools campaign on Tuesday.

They will be writing to Mrs May and her new Education Secretary Justine Greening, holding events in Parliament and across the country and launching a social media drive to build up pressure.

The move comes after Ms Greening said she is “open minded” about allowing new grammar schools to open in England in a marked change in tone from David Cameron’s government.

Senior backers of grammar schools including Mr Davis and Mr Fox are now sat around the cabinet table while other frontbenchers have expressed support for expansions in their constituencies.

Campaigners believe now is their best chance for a generation of overturning Tony Blair’s block on the creation of new English grammar schools, enshrined in a law created in 1998.

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Comments

  1. Shameful that an education secretary who went to a comprehensive says she’s ‘open minded’ about grammars.  And ludicrous that in England there are people who want to reopen a debate settled (in most places at least) forty/fifty years ago.

  2. Nairb1

    Watch out for the lies about social mobility for the poor. The Tories will trot out a successful businessman who was raised in a shed by hamsters and ate only Ritz biscuits for the first eleven years of his life. But he went to a grammar school and became a success thus proving grammar schools are the way to success for all poor and deprived children.

  3. Nairb1 Education’s role in social mobility is actually limited.  http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2013/06/educations-role-in-fuelling-social-mobility-is-limited-says-academic-instead-implement-social-and-economic-policies-aimed-at-making-society-more-equal

  4. teacher_59hrs

    challenge_edu Facts show that the grammar system lowers standards for all. Especially the poor that PM says she wants to help.

  5. teacher_59hrs

    activefundinguk Facts show that the grammar system lowers standards for all. Especially the poor that PM says she wants to help.

  6. teacher_59hrs

    activefundinguk Facts show that the grammar system lowers standards for all. Especially the poor that PM says she wants to help.

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