Theresa May sets out plans for new wave of grammar schools

Theresa May has set out plans for a new generation of selective grammar schools, as part of a drive to make Britain "the great meritocracy of the world".

The Prime Minister was accused of "putting the clock back" by chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, who warned that a return to grammars would halt momentum towards better results in the state system.

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Mixed reaction from parents on grammar school plans

The government's plans for a new wave of grammar schools as part of education reforms were met with a mixed reaction at a York primary school.

One parent, who attended a grammar school herself, welcomed the move and said children already sit SATs at the age of 11, so those who are able will "survive" selection tests.

However, other parents disagreed with the proposal, and one said: "You're selecting out the best kids and then the kids that get left behind..I think it's a disgrace."

Corbyn: Selectivity at 11 not a 'sensible' way forward

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the Government's plans to introduce new selective schools.

Under plans unveiled by the prime minister, children will sit new selection tests aimed at assessing their "true potential", Theresa May said.

"I want good education for every child. Selectivity at 11 divides communities, divides children and ends up giving a good chance to a minority and less chance to the majority."

"I don't think that's a very sensible way forward for our country," he added.

Mrs May said schools will be urged to recruit at 14 and 16 as well as 11 to avoid the danger of children being written off as non-academic at the start of their secondary careers.


Chief Rabbi welcomes an end to 50% rule at faith schools

The prime minister has said faith schools will be allowed to select more pupils based on religion. Credit: PA

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has backed the government's plans to end the 50% cap on the proportion of pupils selected by religion at faith schools.

He said: "For many years, without the 50% rule, the Jewish community proudly built schools which did not compromise on outstanding academic standards, an immersive Jewish atmosphere and a total commitment to promoting the values of integration and tolerance.

"I wholeheartedly support the Government's proposals, which will enable us to return to that arrangement."

Charity: Grammars only support small number of children

The prime minister has outlined plans for new grammar schools. Credit: PA

Sam Freedman, executive director of programmes for charity Teach First, has said grammar schools will not support those who would "benefit most from a good education".

Reacting to Theresa May's announcementthat selective schools will be expanded, he said: "Even with quotas, by their nature grammar schools will only ever support a small proportion of children and not those who would benefit most from a good education.

"We already know the best ways to use education to support social mobility and we need to focus on making sure all pupils get an outstanding education, leaving school ready for life in a global economy."


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