Hunter not happy with DW

Hunter isn't at all pleased with David Willett's statement on grammar schools - and has told him so! All this talk about "not enough" children receiving free school meals at our remaining grammar schools is complete tosh. They couldn’t, as the Head Teacher of the King Edward the Sixth Grammar School in Birmingham pointed out this morning, be any more diverse than they already are. You, Mr. Willets, benefited from the very same system that you now seek to deny others. Why should we sit back and stomach this nonsense? Hunter heard the shadow Education spokesman on BBC4's Today programme and assumed he was a Respect spokesman. John Major, a fine man and a brilliant Prime Minister, said that he wanted a grammar school is every town - why isn't that still party policy?

Hunter is a moderniser in the Conservative Party, but Willets' statement is simply one step too far. We are a modern liberal party which supports opportunity for all, not a pale and diluted version of NuLabour!

1 comment:

David Allen said...

He needn't have mentioned grammar schools at all _ why not just leave well alone? Better to insist on full setting and streaming in all state schools. This would address the acedemic performance issue and avoid the political dangers involved in telling parents: "we are going to separate your children, sheep from goats, at the age off 11". I went to a comp which did just that _ with an 8 form entry, the ability spread within a class was only 12.5% from the most able to the least able in any given class _ probably narrower than in most grammar schools. There were also different sets for Maths v Sciences v Arts, which meant that kids did not need to be placed in a set according to their average ability across all subjects (a good maths student may be rubbish at English and vice versa) AND all students were reallocated to their new sets at the start of the academic year based upon their performance in coursework and exams the prior year. This allowed for 'late developers' to come into their own at 13/ 14/ 15 and meant that lazy students couldn't coast without risk of being put down a class. Overall, out of a very mixed intake (3 feeder primaries, one middle, one lower middle, one working class) the children of more educated, middle class parents did tend to predominate in the higher sets. But that tendency declined as children rose through the scholl, and there was ample opportunity for able and hardworking children from any background to shine.