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May pressed on grammar schools

Education a hot topic during Prime Minister's Questions.

'Using all six questions to press May on her plans to allow selective schools to be set up, the Labour leader said the prime minister had created “unity between Ofsted and teaching unions and former education secretaries on both sides of this house – a true era of unity in education thinking”.

Corbyn challenged May to name an educational expert who would back her proposals on grammar schools and selective schools, asking her: “Why does the prime minister want to expand a system that can only let young people down?”

May insisted that new grammars would not lead to poor standards in schools for children who did not get into selective schools.

Corbyn “needs to stop casting his mind back to the 1950s,” May said, claiming that new grammars would improve life chances for 1.25 million children in schools that were failing or in need of improvement.

“He believes in levelling down; we believe in levelling up,” she said. “Can I gently remind the right honourable gentleman, he went to grammar school, I went to a grammar school; it’s what got us where we are today.” However, May conceded: “My side is probably happier about that than his.”' - Guardian

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