Liz Truss suggests she will lift the ban on new high schools
Liz Truss has suggested she would rescind the ban on the establishment of new high schools.
In an interview with the conservative website Home, the Foreign Secretary revealed she was sending her two daughters to a selective school – and she said she wanted ‘people all over the country’ to have the same chance .
Labor banned the creation of new public high schools in 1998.
If she reverses that, it would spark the biggest revolution in English education for half a century.
Reversing the ban would go far beyond his leadership rival Rishi Sunak, who on Thursday night said he would only go so far as to support the expansion of existing high schools.
The Tory Home asked Ms Truss how she would implement her ‘pledge to lift the ban on new grammar schools’ – a statement the Foreign Secretary has not denied.
“I’m a big fan of high schools”
She said, “I’m a big fan of high schools. I went to school not too far from here, at Roundhay School in Leeds which was comprehensive.
“It was a former high school and it has become a comprehensive school. My two daughters are now attending high school, and I want people across the country to have the choice of sending our daughters to high school.
“And I also want to see more free schools open, so for example the Michaela school in Brent I think is a fantastic example of a school that completely counteracts the soft bigotry of low expectations and expects high standards from everything the world.
“And for me, it’s about parents and children having a choice between this range of good schools. And the more good schools we have, the more choices people have.
When asked how she would implement this policy ahead of the next general election, Ms Truss said: ‘I will be making the case to the country that this is the right thing to do, and I will encourage the Lords to support the will of the government democratically. elected to the House of Commons.
Sunak: I believe in the power of “educational excellence”
In the first leadership roundups on Thursday night, Mr Sunak pledged to enable high schools to thrive, saying he believed in the power of “educational excellence” to transform people’s lives.
Asked by host Nick Ferrari if he would bring grammar schools back, the former chancellor said: “Yes, as you heard from me earlier, I believe in excellence in education. I believe that education is the most powerful way to transform people’s lives.
“But I also believe that we can do a lot in the school system as it is. It is about reforming the system to obtain better grammars.
Mr Sunak’s team later clarified that the comment was about “the expansion of existing high schools”.