Schools that work for everyone? The challenges for comprehensive education. #educationfest
My talk at the Wellington Festival this year was originally intended to contribute to the discussion about new grammar schools. However, given that this idea seems to have been put aside – at least at any significant scale – I swerved it around to focus more on comprehensive schools. Years ago, when I worked at KEGS, Toby Young came to visit me as part of his research before setting up West London Free School. We discussed the idea of a ‘comprehensive grammar school’ and whether that was a realistic notion. Can we capture the best features of a grammar school and transfer them to a non-selective school? Having visited WLFS, I’d say they’ve done a good job of doing just that – but is this realistic in any community comprehensive? In my talk, I wanted to capture the very real challenges that this presents – with some possible solutions.
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