The Department for Education (DfE) announced last week that it will provide £50million extra funding for England’s 163 surviving grammar schools with details of the remaining £150million to be announced later. This funding, however, is dependent on these schools setting out what action they will take to boost the number of disadvantaged pupils they admit. Many MPs and commentators in the education space have criticised the decision. Kevin Courtney of the National Education Union (NEU), said: “The grammar school corpse has climbed out of its coffin once again despite evidence of the damage that selective education causes.” But the reality is that this new policy, which places strict conditionality on current grammar schools expanding and rules out the creation of new schools, is far removed from Theresa May’s original vision which was to lift the ban on creating new grammar schools and allow existing comprehensive schools to become selective. This could … [Read more...] about New Support For Grammar Schools Only A Shadow Of May’s Original Vision
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At the White House on Monday, Melania Trump unveiled a campaign to keep children happy and healthy in today’s hyperconnected, often unsettling world. The name of this lofty and laudable effort? “Be Best.” That’s right: “Be Best!” Not “Be the Best”, or “Be Your Best”, or “Be the Best You Can Be”. Not “Be Better” or “Be Safe”, or even “Don’t Be a Jerk” (which is an actual campaign launched in New York to promote safe cycling). Donald Trump, who was there by his wife’s side in the Rose Garden, signed a proclamation that designates 7 May as “Be Best Day”. Roll it around on your tongue for a moment. Say it out loud. “Hey, friend, any plans for Be Best Day?” “Nah, I’ll probably just spend Be Best Day at home”. “Be Best” just so plainly doesn’t hold up to the laws of English grammar, which require that a superlative … [Read more...] about ‘Be Best’: does Melania Trump’s oddly named initiative break the laws of grammar?
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by Press Association March 9, 2018, 12:35 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Grammar schools could look to boost their numbers in a bid to attract more funding, headteachers have suggested. Heads are dealing with a squeeze on budgets, and expansion could be a “pragmatic decision” for some selective schools, according to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Controversial proposals to lift the ban on creating new grammar schools were a key plank of the Conservative manifesto in last year’s snap general election, but the plans were dropped in the wake of the election result, which saw the Tories lose their overall majority. But grammars can still take on more pupils under rules that allow good state schools to expand. Speaking as ASCL met for its annual conference in Birmingham, the union’s deputy general secretary, Malcolm Trobe, said: “What we’ve seen talking with some of our … [Read more...] about Heads suggest grammar schools could bid for more cash by looking to hike numbers
0 Comments Revealed: Transfer test grade intake for Northern Ireland grammar schools 2017 BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Unofficial transfer tests are still growing in popularity - 10 years after the abolition of the 11-plus. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/education/revealed-transfer-test-grade-intake-for-northern-ireland-grammar-schools-2017-36523243.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36523242.ece/4927d/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-01-24_new_37942332_I2.JPG Email Unofficial transfer tests are still growing in popularity - 10 years after the abolition of the 11-plus. Just over half of P7 pupils in Northern Ireland sit tests each year in the hope of attaining a place at an academically selective grammar school. In the 2016/17 academic year 11,570 applications were made for the 8,743 available places at our 63 selective grammars. This is out of a total of 21,763 pupils who obtained Year 8 places at Northern Ireland's 199 post-primary schools in … [Read more...] about Revealed: Transfer test grade intake for Northern Ireland grammar schools 2017