Surrey headteachers express 'vehement opposition' to grammar schools plan
Government plans to expand selective education are facing fierce opposition in the Tory heartland of Surrey where more than 60 secondary school headteachers have written a letter of protest to the prime minister and her education secretary.
All 64 headteachers of Surrey’s state-maintained secondary schools – including academies, free schools, community schools and faith-based schools – signed the letter to Theresa May and Justine Greening expressing their “vehement opposition” to more grammar schools, attacking the 'nostalgic and unrealstic' proposal to expand selective education.
10% of secondaries failing to help kids reach their potential, says damning report
One in 10 secondary schools is failing to help pupils reach their potential, Government figures show.
The 10.7% are “coasting” – where fewer than 60% of pupils get five good GCSEs and below-average numbers make the expected progress.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This is a damning indictment of the Government and their record in education .
Conservatives turning lights off on green economy
Latest Government figures have shown 19,000 green job losses thanks to the Tories trashing the Coalition’s green legacy, including by slashing subsidies for renewable energy.
LibDem East Surrey parliamentary spokesperson David Lee said: “The Coalition was the greenest government ever. We tripled the amount of electricity from renewable sources and set up the Green Investment Bank. On their own the Tories are taking us backwards”.