Grammars plan: heads tell education secretary of their ‘deep opposition’

The Guardian is reporting that headteachers have told Justine Greening of their ‘deep opposition’ against the grammar school plans.

A group of headteachers of non-selective secondary schools in Kent have written to the education secretary to voice their “deeply held, vehement opposition” to government plans to expand grammar schools across the country.

The group’s views are significant as they work in a county where the 11-plus and selection are still in place, so they have firsthand experience of the impact of grammar schools on non-selective schools in the area and the children who attend them.

The letter to Justine Greening, signed by 33 headteachers of Kent’s secondary non-selective schools and academies, was sent as the government’s consultation on extending selection in education closed on Monday. It warns of “philosophical and systemic flaws” in the proposals and calls for selection in Kent and elsewhere to be abandoned rather than expanded.

Kent is one of the few remaining authorities in England with a selective system. One headteacher of a non-selective secondary who did not want to be identified said he was appalled that more children across the country might have to go through the same experience that Kent children face as a result of government proposals.

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Comments

  1. Not just Kent heads.  Other education groups also oppose.  http://schoolsweek.co.uk/consultation-responses-reveal-widespread-resistance-to-government-selection-plans/

  2. Nairb1

    I wrote to the DfE asking them why they proposed grammar and independent schools should help non-selective state schools but didn’t mention good or outstanding non-selective schools being a good source of help. Their response was full of praise for LA schools and academies, but didn’t answer why these weren’t in the DfE press release.
    They did, however, explain how the grammar school system will work:
    ‘We are, therefore, not proposing a return to the segregated education system of the past. We are proposing that a selective school is a choice that parents should have alongside the choice of good non-selective schools.’
    So there we go, parents can choose a place at a grammar school and non-selective schools remain non-selective even when there is a selective school nearby.
    Still at least they replied.

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