New grammars would have to reserve a proportion of places for “the hidden disadvantaged: children whose parents are on modest incomes, who do not qualify for such benefits but who are, nevertheless, still only just getting by”.
She said that children of those earning up to £21,000 a year would be eligible for the new quota of places.
“If you’re earning nineteen, twenty, twenty one thousand pounds a year, you’re not rich. You’re not well off. And you should know you have our support too
“Policy has been skewed by the focus only on those in receipt of Free School Meals, when the reality is that there are thousands of children from ordinary working class families who are being let down by the lack of available good school places.”
Aides said further details would appear in consultation, including what would happen if when the number of low-income pupils who passed the new grammar tests failed to be enough to meet the quota set down.
May also singled out private schools for the first time, warning that they would possibly lose tens of thousands of pounds in their charitable status if they failed to meet new ‘public benefit’ tests.
Bigger independent schools like Eton or Harrow would be expected to either sponsor or create state sector schools or to fund a number of places at their own school “for those from modest backgrounds who cannot afford to pay the fees”.
In another radical policy shift, May also unveiled plans to allow faith schools to admit 100% of their pupils on grounds of religion, rather than the 50% at present.
But the PM also raised the prospect of “mono-racial” schools as part of her new education landscape, but insisted faith schools would have to twin with schools of different faiths or none, and possibly face new tests.
“We will encourage the grouping together of mono-racial and mono-religious schools within wider multi-racial and multi-religious trusts. This will make it easier for children from different backgrounds in more divided communities to mix between schools, while respecting religious differences.”
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