This past week, when David Willetts attempted to unveil a new Conservative policy to boost social mobility by expanding Labour's Academy Schools programme, the media tried to convince us that the Conservative Party under David Cameron no longer believed in grammar schools.
Today the Conservative leader effectively proclaims, "Grammar schools are dead - Long live grammar schools!" promising to deliver the benefits of academic streaming for all, not just the few "a 'grammar stream' in every subject, in every school." He says that the Conservatives will introduce:
- A policy of zero tolerance of bad behaviour and bad language in every school in the country.
- Aggressive setting by ability.
- A massive liberalisation of the supply-side of education, with open enrolment and money following the pupil.