Monday 12/9/16, the new Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening introduces a DfE Consultation Document: “Schools that work for everyone”, the title of which echoes strongly the new Prime Minister’s preferred strapline. “A country that works for everyone”. Unsurprisingly.
The consultation is open until 12/12/16 and its preamble states:
“We’re consulting on proposals to create more good school places. The proposals include:
- expecting independent schools to support existing state schools, open new state schools or offer funded places to children whose families can’t afford to pay fees
- asking universities to commit to sponsoring or setting up new schools in exchange for the ability to charge higher fees
- allowing existing selective schools to expand and new selective schools to open, while making sure they support non-selective schools
- allowing new faith free schools to select up to 100% of pupils based on their faith, while making sure they include pupils from different backgrounds”
I look forward to participating in the dialogue around these proposals. Will they improve all children’s life chances? Is it wise to move into an even more diversified system of school types? David Willetts has written an interesting article on the social mobility implications of the grammar school proposals. “The arguments for and against grammar schools both miss the point”. (The Guardian, 13/9/16).