UNISON welcomes campaign day on selective schools

Union backs Labour campaign activity on 1 October

A 'school' road sign against a wall

UNISON has welcomed Labour’s day of action against new selective schools on 1 October, announced by shadow education secretary Angela Rayner at the party’s conference in Liverpool this week.

UNISON head of education Jon Richards says there is “overwhelming evidence that increasing selection of pupils does not improve schools for most pupils or increase social mobility.

“As a recent report by the Education Policy Institute stated: ‘Able pupils perform just as well at high-quality non-selective schools’.”

Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans “risk most of our children being left behind in schools with fewer of the best teachers and potentially fewer resources,” added Mr Richards.