David Davis: New grammar schools should give pupils three chances to pass entrance exams

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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Comments

  1. birch_david

    SchoolsImprove This will do nothing to limit the monopoly on selection by the middle class: private tutors will gain from 3 chances though!

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove I understand what David Davis is saying but that makes it 3 times more expensive/time consuming in a time of no money/staff

  3. ouryve

    SchoolsImprove here’s a radical idea. Pour that money into all schools so all children from all backgrounds have better chances.

  4. Janet2

    So, a grammar school which is already full in Year 7 will be expected to allow extra pupils to enrol in Years 8 and 9.  How exactly will this work if the grammar already has a waiting list for those who passed at 11+ but couldn’t get a place because of, say, distance criteria?

  5. Nor_edu

    ouryve SchoolsImprove surely three chances will create gaming in the same way that resits for GCSEs did? Cons. got rid of them…

  6. staxis

    SchoolsImprove Far better idea: give all young people the opportunity for good education at good local comprehensive schools.

  7. SecModerns

    SchoolsImprove so they would be good enough to go to a sec mod until they were “good” enough to go to a grammar. #ludicrous

  8. SecModerns

    SchoolsImprove so they would be good enough to go to a sec mod until they were “good” enough to go to a grammar. #ludicrous

  9. PaulHyde

    So the Secondary Modern would close the performance gap and the student for whom they were so successful would leave… Sounds great… Said with deep sarcasm!

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