ATL comment on Education Select Committee report on the Government’s case for new grammar schools

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Press release
14 February 2017 by ATL Media Office
Commenting on the Education Select Committee’s report on the Government’s case for creating new grammar schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The Government has failed to provide evidence that more selection in schools will improve education for all children and not harm the majority.

“Before expanding grammar schools, it is essential the Government demonstrates how this would help social mobility and close the attainment gap between and within schools, not just for individual pupils.

“It must also ensure any selection test is tutor-proof so that pupils whose parents cannot afford tutors are not disadvantaged.

“When school budgets are under serious pressure, as shown by the ATL and NUT School Cuts website, and there is a teacher recruitment crisis, the Government should concentrate funding on the priorities rather than diverting funding to an unproven pet project.”

The full report can be found on the government's website

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