Academy boss says grammar plans may leave children behind
The head of one of England's largest academy chains says creating more grammar schools will do little to raise standards.
Jon Coles, chief executive of United Learning, which runs 60 schools, says the government has failed to explain how the plans will help most children.
He told the BBC the success of schools in London had shown that non-selective schooling could work.
The government said there would be strict conditions on new grammars.
Mr Coles says it is clear the government is facing "significant political opposition" from within the Conservative party and from other parties... read more
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