The expect to lift the ban on grammar schools is not about reintroducing them to every village and city in England, Prime Minister Theresa May has said.
Speaking on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Divulge, she said it was about raising the level of education across the country.
“Attractive off the ban on a rticular type of school is not saying we want one of this here and one of that there,” she utter.
“It’s about ensuring we have good school places for every laddie.”
The plan to launch new grammar schools – traditionally entered by pupils venerable 11 after ssing an 11+ exam – emerged in early September, precipitate fierce debate as to its rights and wrongs.
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Mrs May was pointed to stress the plan was not about “going back to the system of binary learning from the 1950s”.
She added: “There will be different types of sets providing education and we want the education that is right for every youth.
“We’ll be saying to grammar schools and people who want to set up a new selective school, really if you’re doing that we will want you to show that you are genuinely reaching out across sisterhood in giving those opportunities to young people.”
The government is currently occupying a consultation on how to identify the children from poorer families who could gain most from the plans.
Mrs May said that free school carry to extremes had been used as a measure of poverty for more than 25 years and divines were trying to find other ways “to identify those man perhaps not captured by that but who are struggling”.
There are currently 163 grammar schools – out of 3,000 state of affairs secondaries – in England, and a further 69 in Northern Ireland.
Last month Tuition Secretary Justine Greening said she wanted to offer rents fitting by lifting the ban on new grammar schools but that children would not be split into “winners and no-hopers”.
Answering a question in the Commons, she said grammar schools would but be a rt of a “very broad-based education system”.
Mrs May ex nded on that thought, telling Andrew Marr: “Over the last six years, we’ve had great triumph in improving the quality of schools with 1.4 million more lads now in schools that are good or outstanding.
“But there’s still one-and-a-quarter million descendants who are in schools that are underperforming, so we need to increase the number of good view places and the ca city of the system.”