Yet another 11+ row? Change the Channel Islands

‘Eventually, logic and fairness will prevail,’ claim campaigners who spent decades lobbying for Guernsey to end selection. Melissa Benn writes

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Who’d have thought that the political decisions of one small island of nearly 63,000 people – a Crown dependency, as it’s still quaintly called – could have such a powerful message for us here in England?

On 26 March, Year 6 children in Guernsey will for the last time receive the results of their 11-plus exam taken in January. From 2019, the island will run a non-selective secondary system; the age-old division between three high schools (Guernsey’s secondary moderns) and the island’s grammar school, established in 1883, will come to an end.

As anyone who has been involved in battles over ...

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