Grammars 'unnecessary distraction', say MPs

The government has failed to make a convincing case for opening a new wave of grammar schools in England, say MPs.


The education select committee has cast doubt on claims that they can help social mobility.


There is also scepticism about whether an entrance test for grammars can be made "tutor proof".


Neil Carmichael, the committee's chair, says the focus on expanding grammars has become an "unnecessary distraction" from improving the school system.


The Department for Education has argued that removing the ban on opening new grammars will be a way of making "more good school places available, to more parents, in more parts of the country".


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