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‘Charlatan heads’ to blame for grammars’ resurgence

Sir Michael Wilshaw takes aim at ‘stuck in the 80s’ comprehensive school leaders

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Education has been largely united against the Conservatives’ plan to open more grammar schools. And comprehensive heads have been at the forefront of the opposition – jeering and heckling education secretary Justine Greening over the plans at this year’s Association of School and College Leaders annual conference.

But one of the most prominent anti-grammar school expansion campaigners, former Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, argues that it is actually heads from the comprehensive sector who are to blame for a return to the 11-plus exam being on the agenda at all.

He claims that ...

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