Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Query Tory Schools Pledge

Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Query Tory Schools Pledge

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Teaching unions have reacted with scepticism to Conservative leader David Cameron's pledge that there would be no return to the 11-plus if his party won power.

Senior representatives of the profession immediately cast doubt on Cameron's promise, made in his first major policy speech on education on January 9, that he would not allow an extension of selection between schools in the state sector.

Instead, Cameron said a Tory government would introduce setting by ability for individual subjects in all schools to drive up standards.

But Steve Sinnott, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, accused the Tories of making the pledge on 11-plus style selection as a strategy to conceal the potential for increased selection'.

He said: 'The existing facility for secondary schools to select up to 10 % of their intake by aptitude is a stalking horse for the Conservatives to return to selection by more subtle means than the 11-plus and without ever having to admit the move openly. …

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