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Lib Dems: MPs' report shows grammar schools are a costly and damaging distraction

February 14, 2017 12:32 AM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Commenting on a report by the Education Select Committee which found the government has failed to demonstrate how expanding grammar schools would help close the gap between rich and poor children, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh said:

"All the evidence suggests expanding grammars would increase inequality and hurt the prospects of poorer pupils.

"Instead of ploughing ahead with these divisive plans, Theresa May should address the £3 billion funding black hole facing our schools over the next five years.

"Spending millions expanding grammars while schools are facing devastating cuts would be a damaging and costly distraction.

"Pupils and parents across the country do not deserve to be let down by this government's ideological obsession with grammar schools."


Notes to Editors

The report by the Education Select Committee can be found here

A report by the National Audit Office found schools will have to find £3 billion of savings by 2020 while spending per pupil is set to fall by 8% (National Audit Office, 14 December 2016, link)