The Independent is reporting that David Davis has told the paper that a new wave of grammar schools he wants to see should give children three chances at passing their entrance exams…
David Davis, the former Conservative party leadership contender, has argued for a repeal of legislation brought in under Labour 17 years ago, which outlawed the establishment of any new wholly or partially selective state schools. He is backed by a swathe of senior Conservatives, including London mayor Boris Johnson, defence secretary Liam Fox and Graham Brady, the chair of the party’s influential 1922 committee.
Educated at a grammar school in south London, Mr Davis believes that selective education is vital to help clever children from impoverished backgrounds make the most of their abilities and improve their fortunes in later life. At present, there are only 164 grammar schools in England.
Mr Davis concedes that there were flaws in the original grammar school systems, when children would typically sit an 11-Plus, or occasionally, 12-Plus, exam between the ages of 10 and 12. A major concern has been that some academically gifted young pupils fail due to one-off nerves, unfairly stripping them of the opportunity of top notch schooling.
The solution, says Mr Davis, could be to have an entrance exam every year for three years, while education experts should explore alternative options to just a one-off test to make sure the right children are selected…
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