Melissa Benn, chair of Comprehensive Future, said, “We wanted to highlight realistic ways that existing selective schools could be opened up to their communities over a relatively short period without causing unnecessary disruption to the education of pupils in existing selective schools. If this were done we could finally bring to an end a socially segregated system that, in many parts of the country, continues to harm the school experience of those young people who most need a good start in life.”
‘Decision Time : A Plan for Phasing Out Selection’ outlines ideas for the best methods to convert existing grammar schools into comprehensive schools. The proposals from campaign groups in Kent, Buckinghamshire and Reading detail local plans to end the 11-plus test and gradually change selective schools. The pamphlet also details the legislative changes needed to end selection.
‘Decision Time : A Plan for Fair School Admissions’ proposes the creation of a new local body to oversee school admissions. The pamphlet suggests that no school should fix or manage its own admissions, instead a new ‘Area Admissions Authority’ should be set up to consult and reach consensus across communities to ensure fair, objective, transparent admissions arrangements.
You can read and download PDF versions of the pamphlets through the following links.