|Create Date||April 17, 2017|
|Last Updated||April 13, 2017|
Commenting on Justine Greening’s speech on grammar schools, Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, The Teachers’ Union, said that the Government’s plans to introduce new grammar schools are a distraction from the real challenges and crises it has created in the education system.
Keates stated: “A crisis of not enough teachers as a consequence of the Government’s attacks on the teaching profession is the issue which is having the most profound effect on the majority of children from ordinary working families. We are already witnessing increased covert selection in the school system as a result of the Government’s deeply misguided deregulation agenda.
“Permitting schools to send out strong advance signals to prospective families that if their child obtains a place at a school they can be expected to make significant financial contributions to school funds, purchase uniforms from expensive sole suppliers and expect to meet the costs of expensive school trips are all strategies of covert selection which the Government is failing to tackle,” he added.
Concluding, Keates said: “The Government’s proposals on selection are about extending privilege, not about tackling the problems of inequality, poverty and social exclusion which blight the lives of too many children and young people in our country and which are preventing them from achieving their full potential.”
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