Invest in FE not grammar schools says select committee chair.

‘New grammar schools have been rejected by influential education select committee chair Neil Carmichael, who called instead for more investment in the “much neglected” FE sector.

The Tory MP said in a new blog for conservativehome.com it would be wrong of the government to lift the ban on these selective secondary schools, with the intention of improving social mobility, when other provider types were better suited to helping realise this aim.

General FE colleges, university technical colleges, and independent training providers were identified as neglected “Cinderella areas”, which he claimed colleagues on all wings of his party agree need more financial support ahead of the November 23 autumn budget.

Mr Carmichael warned “evidence argues that attending a grammar school does not make less advantaged children more likely to be upwardly mobile – but it helps them move further if they are upwardly mobile”.

But he insisted: “There is much more to be done in funding and expanding schools (the majority in our education system) which are providing more technical and vocational routes into the world of work, such as UTCs and the much-neglected FE Sector.” ‘ - FE Week

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