Sheffield Lib Dems oppose grammar schools

The Sheffield Liberal Democrats have condemned the Government’s plans to re-introduce Grammar schools and are calling on the Council to take a stance in opposing the expansion of selective schools.

Former Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Councillor Colin Ross, who will propose the motion said

“The Conservative Government’s call for the return of Grammar Schools is in effect a return to Secondary Moderns for the majority of pupils. Not only is this policy divisive, the evidence has shown that Grammar Schools do nothing to help social mobility and integration, as the Tories have falsely claimed.

“As a teacher of many years’ experience I know that a good comprehensive school caters for the whole range of abilities including the academically gifted whilst giving late developers the chance to flourish rather than having their fate decided at 11"

“Rather than taking education back to the 1950s, the Government should be ensuring all children with the ability and potential to develop are given the opportunity, not just the lucky few. I hope the Labour Administration will join the Lib Dems in opposing this regressive policy.

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