Headteachers in Surrey Opposed to Grammar Schools Plan

headteachers-surreyThe plan by the UK government to expand selective education is facing massive opposition in Surrey. More than 60 secondary school teachers voiced their protest to the Prime Minister Theresa May in a letter.

The headteachers of all the secondary schools in Surrey, and this includes academies, free schools, community schools and faith-based schools, signed a letter to the PM and her secretary where they are expressing opposition for more grammar schools in the United Kingdom.

The county’s 11 Conservative MPs received a copy of the letter as well, including Chancellor Philip Hammond and transport secretary Chris Grayling as well as former education secretary Michael Gove. In the letter, the head teachers warn that implementing the plan for more grammar schools in UK will lead to more fragmentation and more segregation.

The letter states, that ““we are writing to voice our deeply held, vehement opposition to the government’s proposals to create a selective, segregated, two-tier, state-funded system of education. At its best, the government’s selective school proposals represent further confusion and fragmentation of England’s education policy. At its worst this policy is predicated on a nostalgic and unrealistic vision of society, the debate around which deflects attention from the real issues facing schools today.”

The letter continues to outline those issues which include a teacher recruitment crisis, funding cuts along with the requirement for new all GCSE qualification.

Surrey has a fully comprehensive school system in which 95% of students in secondary schools attend schools which are rated either good or outstanding by Ofset, the school watchdog.

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