Theresa May is selling her new grammar schools program under false pretences

Parents will be given the right to set up grammar schools,” proclaims the Daily Mail, Theresa May’s most faithful supporter. Really?


May’s new grammars will be part of the free schools programme that has so far delivered more than 400 schools, the majority of which are run by private academy chains and religious organisations. Even parents with high-level professional qualifications and management experience find setting up a school and getting government agreement on funding daunting.


Will impoverished parents struggling on tax credits, whose children will supposedly be the main beneficiaries of the new grammars, go through with it all? If they do, how can they be sure that their own children will be selected? This policy is being sold under false pretences.


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