The Liberal Democrats have hit out at reports that the Conservatives are to push for a new generation of grammars to be "super-selective" that would only take the top 10% of children. This is even lower than for existing grammars, which typically take the top 25% of children.
John Pugh, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson, said:
“The Conservatives are determined to keep out all but a tiny, tiny few from their new generation of grammar schools. If you exclude 90% of the population, what are you doing to improve the life chances of kids who don’t come from privileged backgrounds?
“Parents want the best for their children. But all the evidence shows that children on free school dinners have very little chance of getting into existing grammars, let alone this new generation of super-selective ones. Meanwhile, schools that the vast majority of children go to are facing cut after cut after cut.
"The involvement of prime ministerial advisers shows that the school system is being used as a political football, with policy driven not by evidence but by ideology.
“You won’t keep Britain open, tolerant and united if you divide children at the age of 11."