The TES is reporting that Nick Gibb has refused to say whether he wants new grammar schools to open following the relaunch of a campaign to overturn the law banning them.
Mr Gibb avoided revealing his stance on the controversial topic during a question and answer session with thousands of teachers this afternoon in Leeds.
In the week that more than 100 Tory MPs have called for the law banning new grammar schools from opening to be repealed, Mr Gibb was giving little away when asked for his opinion on the matter.
“My view is that those [163 grammar schools in this country] are very good, the law is very clear, and we want to encourage good schools to expand,” he said.
His cagey response comes on the same day that campaigners against grammar schools in Buckinghamshire have written to education secretary Justine Greening saying that selection at age 10 “damages the educational chances of the majority of children”.
Earlier this month, Ms Greening, who is the first education secretary to have attended a comprehensive school, said she was “open-minded” about a return to grammar schools.
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