Theresa May's government will face its first fight over plans to lift the ban on new grammar schools as Justine Greening tables a consultation paper in the House of Commons today (12 September).
The move will allow MPs to grill the education secretary over the controversial proposals, which would allow all English state schools to select pupils on academic ability.
Labour has claimed the policy is "regressive" and high-profile Tory backbenchers, such as former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, have voiced concerns about the plans.
But May argued it was part of her goal to turn the UK into a "great meritocracy" and claimed some schools were selecting pupils on wealth because of the cost of houses in their catchment areas.
Another criticism of grammar schools, which typically select pupils after they sit an entrance exam at 11 years old, is that the schools are dominated by the children of middle-class parents.
But the government has argued that quotas will ensure pupils from less well-off backgrounds will be able to get places. May's plans also include "tougher" rules for private schools to defend their charitable status.
"I want to consult on how we can amend Charity Commission guidance for public schools to enact a tougher test on the amount of public benefit required to maintain charitable status," the prime minister said last week.
This article was first published
on September 12, 2016