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MP slams plans for new grammar schools

MP slams plans for new grammar schools

Published at 7:43am 8th September 2016. (Updated at 5:35pm 8th September 2016)

Otley's MP has criticised the Prime Minister's plans to introduce a new generation of "inclusive" grammar schools, despite having gone to one himself.

Greg Mulholland says it's "outrageous" that a child can be sent to a different school with a different outcome based on a test at the age of 11.

A consultation document is expected to be published next week, looking at the future of schools in England.

Theresa May says she wants every child to have "access to opportunity".

Mr Mulholland told Sky News: "When I was 10-11 years old, I passed the 11-plus. Whatever you say, that is what happens, you either pass or you fail.

"I passed my 11-plus, but I couldn't celebrate that because my best friend failed and was sent to a different school with a different outcome and with a different path in his life.

"That's absolutely outrageous to be doing that at the age of 11."