The Independent is reporting that grammar schools in selective areas are a form of “state-sponsored segregation” that stifle social mobility for poorer children, the Liberal Democrat education spokesman has said.
Ms Moran, who has been tipped as a new party leader, said in her speech to Lib Dem activists that only 3 per cent of children on free school meals go to grammar schools, adding that children from better-off families are more likely to pass the 11-plus entrance exam as their parents pay for tuition.
She said: “What I want to do – what I would like to see us do as a party – is take on the harmful, antiquated tradition of the 11-plus exams and indeed all barriers to entry in the state system.”
“I think we should remove charitable status unless an independent school can concretely show it’s benefiting the entire community, like a charity might.
“We should end this type of state-sponsored segregation too.”
In May, the government announced plans to give £50m to existing selective schools – with the requirement that they set out plans to boost the number of places for disadvantaged students.
From this term, some of the 163 grammar schools in England will benefit from the cash boost enabling them to create thousands more selective school places.
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