David Johnston

The social mobility case against grammar schools


Plenty of Conservative party members won’t like this article. I apologise in advance for that: I know grammar schools are popular with the membership and my view won’t be. But bringing them back would be a serious misstep for education policy. They are a distraction from what we should be doing, they serve the wealthy not the poor – and they don’t work.

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David Johnston
David Johnston was chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation for ten years and entered parliament as MP for Wantage last year. He tweets @david4wantage.

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