We interviewed Rachel Reeves MP about her book ‘Alice in Westminster’ a biography of Alice Bacon, one of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable politicians. Alice Bacon started out her career as a teacher in a secondary modern school and hated the injustice of the 11-plus system. When Alice was elected as a Labour MP in Leeds in the 1950s and 60s she campaigned for all ability schools and an end to the 11-plus. Alice rose through the party ranks to become a Home Office minister under Roy Jenkins, and eventually an Education Minister with responsibility for the introduction of comprehensive schools.
Watch our video interview with Rachel Reeves.
Rachel Reeves also shared her thoughts on comprehensive education and existing 11-plus selection.
Thanks to Rachel Reeves and her team for their help.