Nicky Morgan proposes a retrogressive, enforced segregation of pupils based on ability

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As Social Darwinists, the Tories do like hierarchies and social segregation. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary,  proposes to introduce compulsory “setting” according to pupil’s ability in secondary schools. Patrick  Wintour reports in the Guardian that it is expected that Morgan will ask the education watchdog, Ofsted, to implement and enforce the measure, probably by making it a condition of receiving an “outstanding” rating. Ofsted is likely to be highly critical of the proposal.

I think this proposal tells us such a lot about Tory ideology. It would turn the clock back on inclusion 30 years to a time when the idea of segregating children was acceptable, if this becomes policy. This is also an attack on the very principle of inclusion. The foundation of any progressive education policy must be founded on work towards all schools being willing and able to include, value, support, care for and respect all children, in…

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