Wanted: Lot More Secondary Modern Schools?

When Michael Howard was leader of the Conservative party, he famously told the then prime minister Tony Blair: ‘This grammar school boy will not take any lessons from that public school boy.’ It was an effective bit of parliamentary point-scoring, but when I asked him some time later if the secondary modern schools in Llanelli, where he was educated, were as good as the grammar schools, he was not much amused.

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