Sam Freedman

Grammar schools spell danger for government

The siren call of selection is strong, but the government needs to look at the law – and the alternatives

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Like the reanimated corpse of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, grammar schools are back from the dead. Or at least, they might be. Since 2007, Conservative policy has been to allow existing grammars to expand but not to allow new ones to be built. But with a new prime minister and education secretary in place post-referendum, a group of Tory MPs has quickly relaunched a campaign to reintroduce grammar schools.

Specifically, they want the government to allow selective free schools in disadvantaged areas (though as they’d be selective, it’s not clear how they would actually support the local ...

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