Grammar schools and selective education increases social inequality rather than reducing it. Evidence from the PISA tests overseen by the OECD internationally shows that “school systems that segregate students according to their performance tend to be those systems where students are also segregated by socio-economic status''. 1
No expansion of selective education – a good local school for every child
The NUT recruits and represents teacher in whichever type of school they teach, including existing grammar schools. However, for the reasons above we do not think that the expansion of selective education is in the interests of children’s education.
The Government originally set out is plans for the wholesale expansion of selective education in a green paper (a consultation document), Schools that Work for Everyone, published in September 2016. The green paper proposed to allow existing grammar schools to expand; new selective free schools to open; existing comprehensive schools to become wholly or partially selective; and academies to establish separate centres for their ‘most able’ pupils. Along with many other organisations, the NUT made a detailed response to these proposals. The snap election in 2017, leading to the loss of the Conservative’s overall majority, forced a rethink of these far-reaching plans. Instead, in its response to the green paper consultation published in May 2018, the Government scaled down its proposals significantly, focusing solely on the intention to allow existing grammar schools to expand. Nevertheless these policies remain a serious threat to inclusive, comprehensive education and the Union continues to be vocally opposed to the expansion of selection.
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