Tories' grammar schools call

The Welsh Conservatives have called for the reintroduction of grammar schools to the education system here in Wales. They say streaming should happen at 14, not at 11, and vocational skills must have the same value as academic skills.

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Welsh Govt: no return to 'divisive' grammar schools

The Welsh Government says it will "not be returning to divisive grammar schools".

It says education standards in Wales have not dropped since devolution - and it is focusing on breaking the link between poverty and low attainment.

We're working hard to deliver the best possible education system in Wales for the future, not looking to the past.

We are extremely proud of our philosophy of community education for all, we will not be returning to divisive grammar schools or any system which will fracture this or encourage parents to scramble for advantage.

To be clear standards haven’t dropped since devolution. The number of pupils in Wales leaving education without any recognised qualification is at an all time low and we’ve also closed the gap with England in the GCSE results last year.

By improving levels of literacy and numeracy and breaking the link between poverty and low attainment we will drive up standards and performance in Wales. We’ll be relentless in our pursuit of the best education system we can give our young people. They deserve nothing less.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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