Responding to the Education Secretary, Justine Greening’s speech to Conservative Party Conference, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said:
“Any new investment into disadvantaged communities is welcome, but the truth is that grammar schools fail the vast majority of children.
“The Tories cannot provide any evidence that new grammar schools will aid social mobility for children from the most disadvantaged communities.
“As the former Tory Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said yesterday, a return to a selective system will only put progress at risk in all our schools. This is not creating ‘a level playing field’.
“Theresa May’s government are the same old Tories – backward-looking and still obsessing about old-fashioned, discredited policies which will only entrench inequality.
"They have no answers to the real challenges facing all our children – school budgets falling, the teacher shortage crisis, rising class sizes and a total failure to give early years children the best start in life.
"More grammar schools offer no answers and no change, and will only make things worse for most vulnerable.”