BBC Question Time: Quentin Letts Compares Grammar Schools To X Factor

The issue of grammar schools has caused much disagreement, both among the public and government.

State grammars select pupils at the age of 11 but while they often produce excellent results, the question of what happens to those who fail to be selected has dogged British politics since comprehensives were introduced in the 1960s and 1970s.

England’s first ‘new’ grammar for 50 years in Sevenoaks, Kent, was only approved last year as an ‘annexe’ to an existing school thanks to what teaching unions and Labour view as a loophole in the law.

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