John Simkin Posted July 28, 2005 Share Posted July 28, 2005 Yesterday, Peter Morris, from Bishop Gore comprehensive school in Swansea, told the Professional Association of Teachers conference that grammar schools had been "the most successful type of school Britain has ever seen" and called for grammar schools to be reintroduced across England and Wales. Morris had himself failed his 11+ and attended the local secondary school before passing the 13+. He has memories of his grammar school being far superior to his secondary school. This was in terms of discipline, standard of teaching and quality of uniform (he is very keen on those). Morris believes that Bishop Gore Comprehensive is more like his secondary school than his grammar school. His solution is to see a return of the 11+. No doubt Morris does experience discipline problems in his school. Many former grammar school students who become teachers have difficulty understanding the needs of less able pupils. Those of us, like myself, who failed the 11+ and attended secondary schools, realize what the main problem is. Namely, poor self-esteem caused by being labelled as "low ability". There is of course no chance of the 11+ being introduced. The schools for those who failed the 11+ would be unable to attract enough teachers to function properly. The real problem is that over the last few years is the government have been bringing back selection by a series of underhand methods (church schools, specialist schools, city academies). This is combined with the continuence of fee-charging schools and grammar schools in certain LEAs,has helped to completely undermine the comprehensive ideals introduced in the 1960s (by both Labour and Conservative governments). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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