Lords debates grammar schools

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14 October 2016

Members of the Lords, including the managing director of a digital education company, a former primary school headteacher and a former grammar school history teacher, debated the government’s proposals for the extension of grammar schools and selection in education, in the House of Lords on Thursday 13 October.

This was a balloted debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.

The debate was proposed by Baroness Andrews (Labour), founder and former director of Education Extra.

Members that took part included:

  • Lord Cormack (Conservative), former head of history at Brewood Grammar School in Staffordshire
  • Lord Knight of Weymouth (Labour), managing director of TSL Education Ltd and former minister for the Department of Children, Schools and Families
  • Lord Storey (Liberal Democrat), former primary school teacher, headteacher and chair of Burton Manor Adult Education College

Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative), executive director of the Girls’ Schools Association, made her maiden speech.

Viscount Younger of Leckie (Conservative), Lords spokesperson for the Department for Education, responded on behalf of the government.

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