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PM suggests ban on new grammar schools could be lifted across the country

PM suggests ban on new grammar schools could be lifted across the country
Boris Johnson indicated he was not opposed to the move, but said ‘you need to look at how you do it’.

ザ・ 首相 has suggested the ban on new grammar schools could be lifted across the country, as he said he has “never been against academic selection”.

ボリス・ジョンソン indicated he was not opposed to the move, but said “you need to look at how you do it”.

教育大臣 ナディム・ザハウィ has said he wants to “spread the DNA” of grammar schools through the system, absorbing more of the institutions into a “family of multi-academy trusts” while protecting their status.

But there remains a ban on opening up any more, imposed by Labour more than 20 数年前.

Nadhim Zahawi has said he wants to ‘spread the DNA’ of grammar schools through the education system (James Manning/PA)
Nadhim Zahawi has said he wants to ‘spread the DNA’ of grammar schools through the education system (James Manning/PA)

Tory MP Jonathan Gullis, a former teacher who sits on the Commons Education Committee, has launched a campaign to scrap the ban on new grammars.

お客様 Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 委員会, also wants to see the rule overturned, and is set to table an amendment to the Schools Bill in a move to bring about the change.

Asked if he agrees with MPs who say the ban should be lifted, Mr Johnson said “you need to look at how you do it”.

Latest statistics show there are 163 grammar schools in England (ベンバーチャール/ PA)
Latest statistics show there are 163 grammar schools in England (ベンバーチャール/ PA)

Speaking to reporters at the British high commissioner’s residence in Kigali, ルワンダ, where he had been attending a Commonwealth leaders summit, 彼は言った: “I’m focused on what we can do to sort out the cost of living, sort out growth, get this country more productive.

“I’ve never been against academic selection – far from it – but you need to look at how you do it.”

Pressed on whether this would apply across the country, the Prime Minister repeated: “You need to look at how you do it.”

Tory MP and former teacher Jonathan Gullis with Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Oli Scarff/PA)
Tory MP and former teacher Jonathan Gullis with Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Oli Scarff/PA)

に 2016, then-prime minister Theresa May pledged to create a raft of new grammars.

However the promise did not feature in the most recent Tory manifesto, when Mr Johnson ran for office.

Latest statistics show there are 163 grammar schools in England, with many concentrated in certain areas of the country, such as Kent and Buckinghamshire.

The vast majority of these are academies, 一方 20 are maintained schools.

The institutions select pupils based on academic ability, and youngsters typically take an entrance exam known as the 11-Plus.