The Times is reporting that Boris Johnson has challenged government policy with a call for schools to be able to use academic selection as a way of stimulating competition and excellence…
In an interview with The Times, Boris Johnson is reported to have challenged the Conservative leadership to use academic selection as a “tool of social mobility”.
However, the report notes that he is not calling for a return to all children to be divided at eleven, but saying that selective education may be appropriate if not at 11 then at later stages in a child’s development.
In the interview he is quoted:
“Schools need to be able to use the tool of academic selection as a way of stimulating competition and excellence. It works. Its beneficiaries can be seen all over the House of Commons, all over government and in all the upper echelons of British life. I do think it perverse, to say the least, that a large group of people who benefited from a ruthlessly selective approach to education themselves are depriving by statute the vast majority of the population from that tool.”
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