Commenting on Justine Greening’s speech at St Mary's University today, NGA Deputy Chief Executive Gillian Allcroft said:
“The NGA shares the government’s concern that pupils from lower income households are less likely than those from higher income households to access a good school and leave with grades needed to move onto employment, education or training that will provide opportunities for them in the long term. We welcome the government’s ambition to create an education system that extends opportunity to everyone, but there is no evidence to suggest that an increase in selection will achieve this aim.
The most effective way to ensure that the education system works for everyone, not just the privileged few, is to support improvement in all schools. The government can do this through tackling the immediate issues facing governing boards, such as insufficient funding and teacher retention and supply.”
In a snap poll by the NGA for TES of nearly a thousand school governors/trustees (carried out in September 2016) 78.2 per cent were opposed to government plans to introduce more selective education.
The NGA’s response to the 'Schools that work for everyone' consultation can be found here.