Justine Greening speaks of grammar schools to help “ordinary working families”
May 5, 2017
On 13 April, the secondary of state for education, Justine Greening, outlined the government’s vision for the school system. Reaffirming her commitment to increasing the number of grammar schools, the education secretary rejected the arguments of those that criticise the grammar school system, claiming that they were “ignoring the views of parents”.
The speech also confirmed that the department was undertaking a technical consultation on the methodology used in the statistical working paper that analyses household income and educational outcomes.
Responding to the releases, Gillian Allcroft, National Governance Association’s Deputy Chief Executive, outlined that: “The NGA shares the government’s concern that pupils from lower income households are less likely than those from higher income households to access a good school and leave with grades needed to move onto employment, education or training that will provide opportunities for them in the long term. We welcome the government’s ambition to create an education system that extends opportunity to everyone, but there is no evidence to suggest that an increase in selection will achieve this aim”.
The most effective way to ensure that the education system works for everyone, not just the privileged few, is to support improvement in all schools. The government can do this through tackling the immediate issues facing governing boards, such as insufficient funding and teacher retention and supply.