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Cream of the comp

Independent on Sunday

IT was not just sad, but shocking to watch the New Labour government join in the attacks on comprehensive schools last week... Comprehensive schools in England and Wales have been traduced, misrepresented, undermined, under-financed and creamed of some of their brightest pupils by such schemes as assisted paces in independent schools. Yet their achievement has been substantial. Hundreds of thousands of boys and girls in the past 30 years have gone on to higher education, and to professional and technical training, who would never have passed the cruel and wasteful 11-plus selection system.

Shirley Williams, February 18.

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