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Weekly news round-up: Snap election shakes up education

This week, Theresa May announced that a June general election was necessary to guarantee certainty after the EU referendum. 

But for teachers, parents and pupils, the future looks anything but certain. Here’s a round-up of the week’s most important news for education leaders. 

Snap election puts grammar schools on the table

After she called a snap general election, Theresa May was keen to put Brexit at the top of the issue agenda. 

But May’s manifesto will also include domestic policies, including a policy on grammar schools, which the Conservatives could put at the heart of their education plans. 

A decisive Conservative election victory could give them the mandate to push for more grammar schools, potentially to the detriment of non-selective schools and academies. 

Corbyn wants to battle on class sizes

Unlike his Tory counterpart, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn skirted around the Brexit issue and focused instead on the ‘rigged’ nature of society. 

Education was right at the top of Corbyn’s legislative agenda on Friday when he criticised the government’s record on class sizes. He said that children were being crammed ‘like sardines’ into ‘super-sized’ classes. 

New 9-1 GCSE grades creating uncertainty

On Easter Monday the NASUWT teaching union said that reform of the GCSE grading system in England was creating ‘huge uncertainty’ for schools. 

The new 9-1 system replaces the A*-G grades from this summer, but the union says that there isn’t enough information about the new grades available. They also claim that the new grades increase the pressure on pupils and narrow the range of educational opportunities for young people. 

More primary school children got their first-choice of school

Some 600,000 families found out on Tuesday whether their children had been accepted into their preferred primary school. 

Nationally, 2.9% more children were accepted at their first-choice primary school in 2017 compared with 2016. But some high-demand areas left thousands of families disappointed and in some places, parents weren’t offered any of their preferred choices. 

With increased demand on places, the National Association of Head Teachers called for more long-term planning. 

We all wish we could read more 

And finally, a new survey from the Reading Agency found that two-thirds (67%) of British adults wish that they could read more. Nearly half (48%) said that they are too busy to read. 

Commissioned to mark World Book Night this Sunday, the survey of 2,000 adults also revealed that 41% of adults stretch the truth about their reading habits, particularly in job interviews, on dates and on social media profiles. 

To celebrate World Book Night, the Reading Agency is encouraging book lovers to give a good read to someone who doesn’t read enough.