PMQs Theresa May

“Grammar school plan will steal from children to give privileged few more choice”

A generation of children’s education is being compromised as staff numbers are cut, classes get larger, and staff are forced to bring basic things like toilet paper from home says GMB

GMB, the union for school support staff, says the Conservative’s latest grammar school plans steal from the majority of UK children to give the rich more choice.

The Government has announced a £50 million fund for grammars schools to expand to “give parents greater choice”.

Karen Leonard, GMB National Officer, said: “Once again the Government shows its true colours by stealing from the majority of children to give a privileged few ‘more choice’ .

“Schools up and down the country have seen their budgets cut to the bone by this Government.

“A generation of children’s education is being compromised as staff numbers are cut, classes get larger, and staff are forced to bring basic necessities like toilet paper from home.

“Yet the Tories can find £50million down the back of the sofa for an outdated system which entrenches social division and stops social mobility dead in its tracks.”

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary said: “Just weeks after abandoning their own guarantee to protect every school from cash cuts, the Tories have excluded the vast majority of schools from any extra funding.

“The continued obsession with grammar schools will do nothing for the vast majority of children. It is absurd for ministers to push ahead with plans to expand them when the evidence is clear they do nothing to improve social mobility.”

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