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Grammar Schools Highlight Equality Gap

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

With education funding 'stretched to breaking point’ Government shouldn’t splash more cash on affluent pupils, union says.

The looming launch of Theresa May’s first flagship grammar school highlights the yawning chasm between the haves and the have-nots, says GMB.

The new institution - set to open in Croydon in 2019 [1] – will be allowed to cherry pick 1,000 pupils and will get direct Government funding.

GMB, the union for school support staff, says the decision to give cash to a selective school in the midst of an education funding crisis shows the Tories are staying true to form  - only looking after the wealthy.

Sharon Wilde, GMB National Schools Organiser, said:

“Government funding for a new selective grammar school is another example of widening the divide between the poor and the affluent.

“At a time where funding in schools is stretched to its limits and schools are struggling to deliver the education that every child deserves they are investing in a Grammar school expansion program which will advantage pupils from wealthier backgrounds.

“This gives the lie yet again to the idea the Conservatives are the party of working people.

“It’s the same old Tories, looking after the rich and stomping on everybody else.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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