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Anti-grammar campaigners launch bid to end 11-plus

PUBLISHED: 16:36 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:36 12 July 2017

Grammar schools are a divisive topic

Grammar schools are a divisive topic

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Comprehensive Future wants to raise £10,000

Campaigners opposed to selective education are aiming to raise £10,000 in their bid to end the 11-plus.

Comprehensive Future has set up a crowdfunding page in the hope of lobbying politicians and working with schools, local authorities and communities who wish to end the selective system.

Theresa May planned to introduce a wave of new grammar schools but had to drop the policy after the Conservatives failed to gain a majority in last month’s general election.

The plans proved divisive, not least in Kent where a number of non-selective head teachers wrote to the prime minister at the end of last year, outlining their opposition to the proposed expansion.

Yet despite the growing chorus of opposition, they continued to receive the backing of Kent County Council and a number of the county’s MPs.

Comprehensive Future, however, says the grammar system subjects thousands of young children to stressful tests, segregates pupils in a damaging way and claims evidence shows that all-ability education is fairer and produces better results.

Chair Melissa Benn said: “The recent debate about expanding grammar school education highlighted the many problems with such a divisive system.

“We know that very few children from disadvantaged families claim places, that surrounding schools are often troubled by an inability to recruit teachers, and that parents waste a shocking total of £25m a year on 11-plus tuition.

“These problems can all be ended by phasing out the unfair 11-plus.

“Comprehensive Future would like to see a gradual, measured, change until grammar schools became all-ability schools.

“No one wants grammar schools to close, and there is absolutely no reason why they can’t provide high quality education without 11-plus admissions.

“We hope people will donate to help us achieve our aims.”

The crowdfunding campaign is running until September 5 and is available to view here.

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