Labour plans grammar schools debate after issue tops poll of members

Labour plans grammar schools debate after issue tops poll of members

The Labour Party conference is to hold a special debate on grammar schools and consider whether to make scrapping selection altogether a party policy after the issue topped a list of concerns among members. A motion from the Socialist Educational Association (SEA), backed by Nottingham Trent Constituency Labour Party, will be debated tomorrow after more than 218,000 constituency party members backed grammar schools for priority discussion, putting it above issues like Brexit, housing and the NHS. It follows an announcement by the newly re-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that the…

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Labour to promise councils new powers over academies and free schools

Labour to promise councils new powers over academies and free schools

Labour is preparing proposals to give councils new powers over academies and free schools in their area. Key figures in the party believe there is not enough scrutiny over spending, too much wastage and a lack of joined-up planning over how education is provided within boroughs. It comes as schooling is set to be a major battle-ground with the Conservatives following Theresa May’s plan to allow new selective grammar schools to open. Jeremy Corbyn has consistently opposed moves to allow more schools in England to gain academy status, which means…

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Labour could ‘bust apart and disappear’, Smith warns Corbyn

Labour could ‘bust apart and disappear’, Smith warns Corbyn

The Labour party is teetering on the edge of a precipice and could “bust apart and disappear”, the leadership challenger Owen Smith has warned. The Labour MP, who resigned from the frontbench last month, said he did not want the party to split but this had now become likely if Jeremy Corbyn remained as leader. He made the prediction as new YouGov research suggested support for Labourcould fall to about 20% if either the right or left of the party splinters away. It comes the day before Corbyn and Smith…

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