News

Grammar Schools need more than virtue signalling


Published Apr 13, 2017

DavidKurtenWeb.jpgUKIP Education Spokesman David Kurten AM said, "Despite her virtuous words of wanting to make sure that grammar schools cater to ‘ordinary families’, Education Secretary Justine Greening does not appear to have any coherent plan to ensure that this will happen.

"The best way to make sure that all ‘ordinary families’ have access to a grammar school is to roll them out over the whole country so that every town, city and borough has one and all children have the opportunity of a highly academic education if it suits them.

"There are only 164 grammar schools currently remaining in England. The government’s current plan is to deliver a few dozen new grammar schools through the free school system. This is not enough; the country needs hundreds more grammar schools distributed around the country and particularly in areas which don’t currently have one and where ‘ordinary families’ actually live.

"There are only 164 grammar schools currently remaining in England. The government’s current plan is to deliver a few dozen new grammar schools through the free school system. This is not enough; the country needs hundreds more grammar schools distributed around the country and particularly in areas which don’t currently have one and where ‘ordinary families’ actually live.

"The country cannot leave something so important to fate, and risk that most of the new grammar schools may be concentrated in areas which already have enough school places. There must be some central planning of the locations of the new schools otherwise towns and cities like Blackpool, Peterborough, Basingstoke and Sheffield will continue to suffer from a lack of grammar school provision, and Great Britain will continue to lag behind the Asian tigers who are now racing ahead of us in academic achievement."

Agree? Share!