i News is reporting that anti-grammar school campaigners are exploring taking legal action against the Government’s “shady” plans to expand selective education.
Comprehensive Future, whose aim is to abolish the 11-plus, has launched a crowdfunder to raise cash in a bid to step up its fight against the Department for Education’s proposals.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds last week announced the first £50m of its £200m Selective Education Expansion Fund to enable existing grammars to extend their premises.
The plans sparked concerns that a new wave of so-called grammar “annexes” would be created, where existing schools open up a satellite school nearby under the same name.
Melissa Benn, chair of Comprehensive Future, said, “The government’s Selective Education Fund has been set up explicitly to create new ‘annexe’ grammar schools – a shady way to get round the law and the will of Parliament. Comprehensive Future will therefore be stepping up our campaigning including exploring the possibility of legal action. But for this we need money.”
“The government clearly have no concerns about expanding selection in this way but parents will be increasingly unhappy as they watch local populations divided by an 11-plus test.”
The Department for Education has issued guidelines to selective schools seeking to expand, adding that bids for the new funding must be submitted by July 19th.
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