Response to SoS’s announcement on selective schools

Responding to the Secretary of State Justine Greening’s announcement on selective schools Alison Michalska, ADCS President, said:

“It is disappointing that the government has decided to press ahead with many of the proposals set out in its green paper, ‘Schools that work for everyone’, before publishing its response to this consultation and attempting to address any concerns from the sector about specific proposals.

“It is vitally important that all of our children, whatever their ability or background receive a good standard of education. A central part of this is ensuring that more urgent challenges facing the school system are not overlooked, namely bringing coherence across a rapidly changing education system, addressing the current crisis in teacher recruitment and retention and the funding shortages that many of our schools face. A good education can open up a wealth of opportunities for children and young people, but a new wave of grammar schools will not help all of our children which is where our focus must be. There is no evidence to suggest that selection on the basis of academic ability improves social mobility, in fact research tells us introducing more selection based on achievement creates a more segregated education system. This is particularly concerning when it comes to our most vulnerable learners. We must strive for an inclusive education system that enables all children, in all schools to realise their ambitions.”


The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Ltd is the professional leadership association for Directors of Children’s Services and their senior management teams in England.

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