In November 2016 we planned to celebrate fifty years of comprehensive schools beginning to replace the old selective system of grammar schools and secondary moderns under which children were declared failures at age 11.
Perversely, this Conservative Government has announced increased selection in the form of:
More new grammar schools
Extensions to existing grammars
Forcing Multi-Academy Trusts to create a new form of back-door selection through “Centres of Excellence”.
A strong line-up of speakers led the discussion on what has been achieved - and what remains to be done to save and complete the comprehensive revolution.
RETURN TO SELECTION
The speakers were:-
Anne West, Director of Education Research at LSE
Melissa Benn, journalist and author
Roy Perry, Conservative Leader of Hampshire County Council
Joanne Bartley, parent and Education campaigner in Kent