Tory rebels could quash Theresa May’s grammar school plans | The Guardian

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Theresa May’s plans to bring back grammar schools in England have run into immediate opposition from a number of senior Tories, who have indicated that they may vote down the controversial reforms along with Labour and the SNP.

The prime minister set out her vision for a “great meritocracy” on Friday, arguing that social mobility could be better achieved by more grammars and forcing private schools to help the state sector in return for keeping their tax breaks. Announcing the most substantial shakeup of the education system for decades, May insisted that it was not a return to the “binary system” of old because there would be efforts to make sure that all schools are successful.

However, the plans quickly came under attack from a group of rebel Tories, Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, trade unions, teaching organisations and the chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, who argued against dividing children by academic ability at age 11.

Source: Tory rebels could quash Theresa May’s grammar school plans | Education | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “Tory rebels could quash Theresa May’s grammar school plans | The Guardian

  1. casalealex

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-quits-mp-immediate-8818547?ptnr_rid=415818&icid=EM_MirrorNews_BreakingNews_Button1

    Mr Cameron repeatedly refused to say he would back Theresa May’s controversial pledge to build new grammar schools.

    He said: “I think there’s very many good things in the policy” but added: “Frankly I don’t want to get into the wheres and whyfores of this particular policy.”

    In 2007 Mr Cameron warned pursuing grammar schools risked making the Tories a “right-wing debating society… clinging on to outdated mantras that bear no relation to the reality of life.”

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