Grammar school made my life a misery says Northumbria police chief Vera Baird
Winning a grammar school place bought misery to Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
It set her apart from other people in the working class community where she grew up - and even caused divisions in her family.
Mrs Baird revealed the pain that a selective education system caused her when she spoke at a reception during the Labour conference in Liverpool.
Supporters of grammar schools argue that they help provide opportunities to working class children.
But Mrs Baird, the former MP for Redcar, said her experience was very different as she spoke about her childhood in... read more
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