The BBC is reporting that a former Labour shadow education minister has said that the expansion for grammar schools is based on ‘flimsy evidence’.
Lisa Nandy said plans for new selective schools were a “particularly backwards looking approach”. She said it was “pitiful” that ministers appeared to have given up hope of making every school a good one.
But Education Minister Nick Gibb said the government was committed to improving standards for all students. Announced in September, the proposals to allow new grammar schools have prompted strong criticism from politicians and the teaching profession.
Leading a backbench debate on the issue in the Commons on Tuesday, Ms Nandy said: “The idea that in 2016 in Britain that we are better off as a country, or that any child is better off by being segregated and branded a failure at the age of 11 seems to me to be a particularly backwards looking approach.”
Ms Nandy cited a whole range of studies and statistics that questioned the benefits of selective education.
She said the plans, set out in a consultation document, were based on “precisely no evidence”.
Do you agree with Lisa Nandy or do you think there is sufficient evidence that grammar schools are to some benefit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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