Labour has 'increased' selection

2nd February 2001 at 00:00
NEW Labour will be accused of increasing the amount of selection and undermining the principle of comprehensive education at a conference in London tomorrow.

Leading educationists will argue that there is now more selection in Britain's education system than there was just after the war.

The conference, inspired by the late Caroline Benn, a tireless campaigner for comprehensive schooling, and educational historian Professor Brian Simon, will look at promoting comprehensives in the 21st century.

Tony Benn MP is expected to open the conference and speakers will include Professor Geoff Whitty, director of London's Institute of Education, Professor Clde Chitty of Goldsmiths' College, London, and Margaret Tulloch of the Campaign for State Education.

Professor Chitty, who wrote Thirty Years On with Mrs Benn, is due to tell the conference: "Blair and Blunkett have intensified the process of diversification and there is now more selection in the system."

Ms Tulloch, said: "I think Labour supporters are surely disappointed that this Government will leave office with as many children facing the 11-plus as when they took office."

The conference will be held in the Upper Hall, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1, from 11am to 4pm. Tel: 0207 815 5810, e-mail:

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