New Grammar Schools

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:43 am on 8th September 2016.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Labour, Nottingham South 10:43 am, 8th September 2016

The Secretary of State recently told The Times Educational Supplement:

“The times I learnt best were when I had great, amazing teachers, who could excite me about learning”.

I entirely agree. However, heads and chairs of governors in my constituency who are working really hard to raise standards and increase opportunities for all our young people tell me that the recruitment and retention of good teachers is the biggest challenge that they face. Does the Secretary of State not understand the frustration that they feel because she has focused on structures when evidence does not suggest that they work, rather than focusing on the problems that they see every day when trying to deliver a fantastic education for people in Nottingham?