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'They Don't Work': Experts Criticize Liz Truss' Grammar School Plan | Grammar School

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Academics, education unions and politicians of all hues are attacking the government’s plan to increase grammar schools, arguing that choice will not increase social mobility, but will solve the challenges facing schools in the next decade. I warn you that you can’t.

The new Secretary of Education, Kit Malthouse, has confirmed that the Prime Minister has ordered him to research areas in England where he wants to open new grammar schools and areas where he wants to expand existing grammar schools.

In an interview with the Yorkshire Post during a college visit this week, Malthaus said: countries that have them.

“We think about parental choice. Everyone should be able to choose for their child. We are considering a grammar school that we would like to expand to.”

But Liz Truss, who sent her daughters to grammar school, shrugged off an earlier attempt to revive grammar school more broadly in 2016, when Theresa May was prime minister, modernizing within her own party. will face widespread opposition, including from

There are 163 grammar schools left in the UK, and since 1998 new schools have been banned. The government has a majority in the House of Representatives, but will face strong opposition in the Senate.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Conservative Backventure Committee and a longtime supporter of grammar schools, planned to introduce an amendment to the Government’s recent School Bill to lift the ban. reported to be

David Johnston, a Conservative MP for Wantage and former chairman of the Social Mobility Foundation, warned that reviving grammar schools would cause serious divisions within the country and within the Conservative Party.

He wrote in The Spectator: But putting them back together would be a grave failure of education policy. They are a distraction from what we should be doing and not only are they serving the rich instead of the poor, they are not working. ”

Steve Mastin, former history director of state secondary schools and vice president of the Conservative Education Association, said he would speak out against grammar schools at a Conservative conference. “Grammar schools reduce parental choice. Schools, not parents, choose. And her 80% of students in the country are denied grammar school attendance.”

Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson said grammar schools were a “distraction tactic” from a government that ran out of ideas. And parents don’t want that.They want the Education Secretary to raise the bar across our comprehensive school.”

Munira Wilson, the Liberal Democrats education spokesperson, said it was a “desperate attempt” by the Tories to cover up their own failures. We want to impose top-down rules on what kind of schools we can build in our communities, rather than helping children who are trying so hard.”

Lee Elliot Major, professor of social mobility at the University of Exeter, said that introducing a new grammar school without taking strong measures to ensure access to children from all backgrounds would be a “middle-class The school’s exclusive cadre was created and warned that it would never “be the engine of social mobility…at all”.

John Andrews, director of analysis at the Institute for Educational Policy Research, said this was an “old argument” that distracted from the real problems facing schools. , Grammar schools are not the solution, even if they are just to address teacher shortages or help schools meet their greatly increased operating costs.”

Dr Nuala Burgess, chair of the campaign group Comprehensive Future, said: minority children.

“If you ask parents what they want from their children’s education, it’s certainly not ‘more grammar schools.’ Parents want schools with adequate funding and resources.”

Jeff Burton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the expansion of grammar schools was “purely ideological.” He said the key problems facing the education sector remain the lack of funding and teachers. “Addressing these issues will make the biggest difference in improving outcomes for all students. This is a priority for any government.”

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Sally Wheel, Education Correspondent

As the government develops plans for more grammar schools in England, a new website has been launched to give voice to parents, students and teachers who have experienced the 11Plus test and its impact firsthand.

Currently, about 100,000 children sit in 11-plus each year and are enrolled in one of the 163 surviving grammar schools. Below are some comments from the 11+ Anonymous site set up by the campaign group Comprehensive Future.

Regarding test stress, one father in Kent, whose grammar system is still running, said: The last search said “what to do when you panic about something”. 10 years old! ”

Regarding tuition, one Sevenoak’s mother said: Everyone I know does this. I’m envious of my friends who live in areas with good overall strength. A 10-year-old has no stress and no sense of failure. You have the right to quality, free education. ”

Grammar Tutor for 11+ in Trafford, Greater Manchester said: For many children with similar abilities, the exam is not a test of ability, but rather a lottery. ”

Trafford’s mother said she knows several children who have fallen ill under the weight of the expectations. “Children who fail to pass often suffer serious, sometimes lifelong, damage to their self-esteem. should not be labeled as a failure in

On the long-term effects of 11 Plus, my 63-year-old grandmother said: I’m not stupid However, ever since I “failed” in 1969 by blowing up a horrifying test, I’ve had low self-esteem issues regarding my intelligence and worth.