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Giving the green light for new grammar schools to open would be a ‘step in the wrong direction’ says Tim Farron

by Steve Beasant on 18 July, 2016

timAccording to reports in the media, it appears that the ban on allowing new grammar schools to open in England could be lifted under Theresa May’s new-look government.

The new Education Secretary Justine Greening said she was ‘open-minded’ to calls by Tory MPs to allow selective state schools but suggested they may not be ‘old-fashioned’ grammar schools when asked about  the prospect of lifting the ban today.

Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said giving the green light for new grammar schools to open would be a ‘step in the wrong direction’ for the new Tory Prime Minister.

‘Segregating our schooling is not going to create a fairer more united society, Theresa May should start by ensuring our schools are properly funded and teachers are better supported.

‘A strong, open and accessible education system is vital to a healthy and fair society. Opening new grammar schools is a step in the wrong direction which the Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose.

‘If Theresa May is serious about fighting the burning injustices in our society she could start by keeping her hands off our school system.’

 

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