Teachers' union member blasts Justine Greening and says she'd scrap all grammar schools

Julia Hartley-Brewer in heated debate with ATL Union over grammar schools

Education secretary Justine Greening called for more grammar schools

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A member of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has said she'd abolish all grammar schools - even though this isn't the teachers' union's official policy.

Jean Roberts, speaking on behalf of the union, was speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer after education secretary Justine Greening said she wanted a new set of grammars to help ordinary working families.

Roberts ridiculed the idea, saying grammar schools are nothing more than a pet project for Theresa May and instead we need to focus good local comprehensives.

When Julia asked whether that meant she wanted to close existing grammar schools, Roberts said she'd liked to see all grammar schools srapped, despite the fact that the ATL is only opposed to the creation of new selective schools.

Listen to the full interview above