PM’s Announcement on Grammar Schools

Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“ADCS is entirely supportive of improving the social mobility of vulnerable children and young people; there is however a debate to be had about how best to do that. There is no evidence to suggest that selection on the basis of academic ability narrows the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils or that grammar schools improve social mobility. Instead introducing more selection based on achievement creates a more segregated education system and this is particularly concerning when it comes to our most vulnerable learners, including children in care. We must strive for an inclusive education system that enables all children, in all schools to realise their ambition whatever their background, ability or faith. The Association will engage fully in discussions on the proposals in the Green Paper once it is published.”

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