Campaign backed by senior Labour figures that hopes to axe grammar schools and 11-plus exam launches today

  • The Time’s Up For The Test campaign aims to abolish the 11-plus exam 
  • It has been backed by several senior Labour figures including Andy Burnham
  • A separate Bill to scrap grammar school returns to Parliament this week

A move to scrap grammar schools and abolish the 11-plus exam will be launched today.

The Time’s Up For The Test campaign aims to axe the transfer exam and end academic selection. 

It has been backed by several senior Labour figures, including peer Christine Blower, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and former spin doctor Alastair Campbell.

The Time’s Up For The Test campaign aims to axe the transfer exam and end academic selection

It comes as a separate Bill to scrap grammar school returns to Parliament this week.

The second reading of the School Reform of Pupil Selection Bill will take place in the House of Lords on tomorrow. 

Introduced by Baroness Blower, it asks secondary schools in England to adopt the ‘comprehensive principle’ and draw up plans to phase out admission tests.

The Labour peer said: ‘The Bill promotes the advantage of a fully comprehensive system. It would end all discriminatory tests which allow schools to select whom they will educate.’

She added: ‘Children should always be welcome at their local school without the barrier of flawed entrance tests. A truly comprehensive education system for England is long overdue.’ 

It has been backed by several senior Labour figures, including peer Christine Blower, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham (pictured) and former spin doctor Alastair Campbell

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