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Labour's Lucy Powell: we will fight any Tory revival of selective schools

Shadow education secretary says pending decision in Kent could open floodgates, and accuses Tories of ‘complete lack of new thinking

The Conservatives will drag England’s schools into the past by reviving grammar schools, demoralising teachers and cutting resources, according to the new shadow education secretary. 209 more words


4th September 1537. Grammar Schools.

Richard Ascham who wrote a treatise called The Scholemaster(sic) (1570), related that Richard Sackville MP had told him that ‘a schoolmaster by his brutality drove from him all love of learning’. 541 more words


Addressing the problem of underachievement among disadvantaged children in Northern Ireland

Addressing the problem of underachievement among disadvantaged children in Northern Ireland: what the dogs in the street know.

Our MLAs have made much of their determination to enhance the academic attainment of those children in Northern Ireland who live in disadvantaged circumstances.   729 more words

Grammar Schools

How Gavin Boyd turned the teaching of coding from world class into a basket case

In the last few days BBC Newsline reported the launch of CCEA’s brand new A-Level IT qualification, with very little context or background.


In particular, the BBC report begged a fundamental question.  163 more words

Grammar Schools

Should we give grammar schools another try?

There is waste happening all around us – waste of food, waste of money, waste of resources. There is however a deeply saddening waste which is happening under all of our noses. 1,130 more words

Opinion Pieces

16th July 1943. The New Jerusalem in Education.

The 1902 Balfour Education Act abolished School Boards which were replaced by Local Educational Authorities ( LEAs) and given power to provide Secondary Education.

Many new Grammar Schools arose which aped the Public Schools in their ethos. 501 more words



The general prohibition against academic selection in state schools prevents the establishment of any new Grammar schools. However, existing Grammar schools can expand, providing that any expansion onto a new site is a change to an existing school and not a new school. 814 more words

Secondary Schools