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Council statement on grammar schools

Published Thursday, 29 September 2016

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education, highlights his concerns about proposals to re-introduce grammar schools into the education system.

Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education, said:

 “I am clear that this Council wants to improve the quality of education within every school in Coventry and we’re making good progress on this. The re-introduction of selective education and grammar schools risks damaging this and further disadvantaging some of our children. We don’t want to see this happen and will oppose the imposition of this unnecessary throwback from the past: a two-tier system that is unfit to meet the needs of 21st Century Coventry.  

What we do want is to continue to encourage opportunities for every child, regardless of their ability. A comprehensive education based on a broad curriculum is the best way to do this and to help our young people progress in a world where employers are looking for an expansive range of flexible skills.

In the comprehensive system, our students can choose a pathway that suits them and their learning needs best.  And we’ll continue to expand and improve the opportunities available being developed through the highly successful and innovative partnership model we have with our schools. Grammar schools and the associated 11+ selection could undermine the success of this collaborative approach.

The school our children attend must not be determined by the money available to spend on a tutor to prepare for these entrance tests. Parents and children should be able to choose the best school to meet their needs.

We want the best for our children and young people and we will continue to support them and work for what’s in their best interests.”

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