Will Hazell

Grammar schools plan is ‘unlawful’, claims NUT

Union threatens legal challenge as parents halt one school’s proposal to convert

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Ministers’ grammar school plans have been dealt two blows, with lawyers arguing that a key plank of the scheme is “not lawful” and lack of parental support scuppering the first proposal for a comprehensive to convert.

The NUT teaching union has received legal advice stating that the government’s plans to expand selection via multi-academy trusts (MATs) would break the law, TES can reveal.

The disclosure comes after it emerged that the first non-selective secondary to register its interest in becoming a grammar since the government announced its plans – Meopham School in Kent – had decided ...

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