Education Secretary Justine Greening has unveiled plans to make a "new generation" of grammar schools across England on Thursday (13 April).
The senior Conservative minister said the proposals will make sure the secondary schools are "truly open to all" pupils and that the institutions will take more children from disadvantaged backgrounds (from families with annual incomes under £33,000).
"This is a Government that believes that ordinary working families shouldn't have to 'make do'," Greening told a school in South West London. "We believe they deserve better than that. Because ordinary working families are the backbone of our economy, of our country."
Labour have attacked Greening's plans, arguing that grammar schools – which typically require an examination for entry around the age of 11 – do "nothing" to help the "overwhelming majority" of working families.
"The government's attempt to fiddle the figures to support their discredited and divisive policy does not change the basic reality that for the overwhelming majority, academic selection is a barrier to social mobility, and the government's plans to return to the days of secondary moderns will only make this worse," said Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner.
"While the Government only look to improve the educations of a privileged few, Labour will improve outcomes for all by delivering free school meals to every primary school pupil in England."
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