Labour activists from across Brighton & Hove held a series of campaign events on Saturday 1st October, opposing the Government's plans to reintroduce selective education.
Grammar schools are divisive and harm social mobility. Comprehensive schools enrol an average of 17% of children from poorer family backgrounds, whereas grammar schools take a mere 2.7%, leading to further social divisions within society.
Cllr Tom Bewick, Labour’s lead member for education at Brighton and Hove City Council, said, “How on earth can such a divisive policy last introduced in the 1950s provide any real answers to the gross inequalities or social polarisation of today?”
Cllr Lloyd Russell-Moyle, acting chair of the District Labour Party said, "The introduction of segregation in education will lead to poor quality Secondary Moderns, destroy links between schools and communities, and is a step back into the past. We will fight for good schools for all children and young people."