STEP's Meaningless Gesture
Having failed to secure parental support for any action in the
past, STEP appears to have taken out its frustration with the
Government by adding to schools' administrative burdens. As a
result, there has been an exchange of correspondence between ourselves
and the Department for Education and Skills, details of which
are reproduced overleaf. Our first letter was circulated to all
Kent, Medway and Bexley schools and the press, and we have received
much positive feedback.
Not Another Enquiry ! !
Our opponents have called for yet another enquiry in to selective
education. If this ever came about, it would probably rest alongside
similar enquiries which first appeared in 1944 and at regular
intervals since. SKS would, of course, make representations to
any truly independent examination of our educational system. However,
to have any real meaning, it would have to consider education
nationally, not just academic selection. We have in mind the ability
of church schools to select on the basis of religious affiliation,
the opportunity for some parents to select schools on the basis
of their ability to pay, the development of specialist schools
who can select on the basis of aptitude, etc.
To be meaningful, such a review would have to be backed by
a Government pledge to provide the resources to implement recommended
changes and to allow areas without grammar schools to have them,
if that was thought appropriate.
Government about-turn ?
The Government's softening of attitude towards grammar schools
received much coverage in early December with the announcement
of partnership schemes between grammar schools and nearby high
schools. SKS believes that co-operation is far more productive
than a dogmatic wrangling over the future of grammar schools.
Such co-operation, together with the promotion of specialist
schools, confirms that selection as a principle (be it by ability
or aptitude) is now endorsed by the Government.
SKS Annual General Meeting
Members will find notice of this year's AGM, to be held on 29th
May, enclosed with this Newsletter
We are pleased to announce that our web-site has been re-launched.
It contains relevant recent information and will be kept
up-to-date as developments occur. Hopefully, it will prove
to be a useful source of information for our members.
It can be found at:-