PM and Labour leader in heated PMQs debate over grammar schools plans

Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday saw Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash over the Government’s new plan to expand grammar schools in England.

Mrs May said Mr Corbyn should “stop casting his mind back to the 1950s”, after the opposition leader stated the Prime Minister wants to “expand a system that can only let children down”.

She said 1.25 million pupils were currently in schools which were “failing, inadequate or in need of improvement” and the plans – allied to the expansion of faith schools and more obligations on private schools – would give every child the high-quality education they deserved to enable them to “go where their talents take them”.

Both leaders attended grammar schools, a fact brought up by the Prime Minister towards the end of the debate.

Mr Corbyn has recently vowed to scrap the expansion plans and make this his top priority if he becomes Prime Minister.


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