Topical Questions

Part of Education – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 23 May 2022.

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Photo of Jonathan Gullis Jonathan Gullis Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent North 2:33, 23 May 2022

The decision to scrap grammar schools was once described as

“a real tragedy for this country…they are a very important part of the mix in our educational system…and they should be supported”.

I completely agree with the Prime Minister and I am glad that the Secretary of State is also so supportive, saying that he wants to “spread the DNA” of grammar schools across the education system and give them a special status to retain academic selection in the upcoming Schools Bill, but it is not right that children in Teesside and Stoke-on-Trent do not the same opportunities as a child in Kent or Stratford-upon-Avon, so will the Government support my right hon. Friend—