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GMB Condemns Government Grammar School Reforms

Friday, September 9, 2016

GMB Condemns Government Grammar School Reforms

Increasing the number of grammar schools in the UK would plunge us back in time to an education system dangerously divided by wealth says GMB

GMB, the union for school support staff, has commented on a raft of education reforms unveiled today by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Among the announced proposals was an end to the 1998 ban on new grammar schools and a move to allow faith schools to choose a higher proportion of their students based on their religion.

Karen Leonard, GMB schools organiser, said “Theresa May is presiding over an education system in crisis and the last thing Britain needs post Brexit is another tory vanity project. We have unprecedented numbers of staff leaving education with stress levels at an all time high. A responsible government should be working towards retaining staff and funding education properly to drive up all standards so all children benefit.

Increasing the number of grammar schools in the UK would plunge us back in time to an education system dangerously divided by wealth.

All evidence suggests that the existence of grammar schools not only does nothing for social mobility but actively impedes it on a grand scale. At a time when the divide between rich and poor is growing, we cannot afford to put up further barriers to stop those without privilege getting the education they need to reach their full potential.

GMB is vehemently opposed to an expansion of the grammar school system and will do everything it can to fight against turning the clock back to the 1950s during the consultation period in the months to come.”

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Contact: Karen Leonard on 07957 267831 or 07358 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

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