‘Ministers should focus on inequality, not grammar schools’

The TES is reporting that the head of Teach First has warned the government not to become distracted by grammar schools and urged ministers instead to focus on tackling educational inequality.

Brett Wigdortz, chief executive of Teach First, also said that it was his organisation’s duty to focus on those areas that voted for Brexit, as they were the parts of the country that felt most “left behind”.

He was commenting after education secretary Justine Greening said earlier this month that she was keeping an open mind about grammar schools.

Speaking at the charity’s annual conference in Leeds, Mr Wigdortz said tackling educational inequity should be at the centre of the government’s new agenda to “build a better Britain”, not the reintroduction of grammar schools.

“Too many children in too many areas are being left behind without the education they deserve,” he said. “Addressing their needs should be our nation’s priority and the priority of the new education secretary, Justine Greening, not the issue of grammar schools.

“Grammar schools only affect a small number of children and are often not in the area of greatest need.”

More at: Ministers should focus on inequality instead of grammar schools, says head of Teach First

What do you think? Is the Government’s ‘open mind’ about grammar schools misguided? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter ~ Jon

Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or  just someone who cares about education and has something to get off  your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.

We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!

 

Secondary schools spent £56m on teacher job ads last year, says Labour
Female students urged to apply for top graduate schemes
Categories: 1st POST and Policy.

Comments

  1. LRsunnyB

    Grammar schools are a divisive approach that would just tinker at the fringes of the issue and do nothing to address inequality and child poverty. Any politician claiming ‘an open mind’ on this issue has clearly learned nothing from the last 60 years.

Let us know what you think...