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    B732 - Grammar School Bill 2015, TSR UKIP
    Grammar School Act 2015





    An Act to introduce more Grammar schools in Britain.




    BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1: Legalisation

    (a) This bill will take precedence over any previous laws in regard to education or schooling.
    (b)Excluding 3(c), any new Grammar schools will be built at the Local Education Authority's discretion

    2: Grammar School Entry

    (a) The government will commission a study to be done on possibilities for reform of the process in which a child enters a Grammar School, with the aim of making it harder for students to be 'tutored' through it. Entry tests will take the form of Cognitive Ability Tests.
    (b) Following the results of 3(a), the government will setup an independent exam board to set and monitor Grammar School Entry exams following the advice of the commission.
    (c) One exam board will be responsible for setting all entry exams. All children will sit an identical exam.

    3: Existing Schools

    (a) The base funding for all existing state-run schools will be pegged at the same amount per pupil for all pupils in any Local Education Authority
    (b) Grammar Schools not already under the control of the Local Education Authority will become subject to the control of the Local Education Authority
    (c) If 20%of eligible parents in a non-selective area sign a petition for a school to change from a Comprehensive School to a Grammar School, a vote will be held and the result will be binding
    (d) If 20% of eligible parents in a selective area sign a petition to change a school from a Comprehensive to a Grammar School, the vote will be held at the LEA's discretion

    4:Commencement, Short Title and Extent

    (a) This bill may be referred to as the "Grammar Schools Act”
    (b) This bill shall apply to England
    (c) Shall come into force January 1st 2016

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    2(a) The commission will not just look into reforming the 11+ for Grammar School Entry but also at other methods such as incorporating Key Stage 2 results into the decision, having more and varied tests over a longer period of time and changing the topics that are tested on in the 11+. The aim of this will be to render private tutoring to have only a marginal effect on test scores, with the effect of children from poorer backgrounds being represented more
    3(c)'Non-selective areas' are defined as Local Education Authorities where less than 25% of secondary school children go to a Grammar School. 'Eligible parents' are defined as people who have children between the ages of 4 and 18 who live in the catchment area of the school
    3(d) A ‘selective’ area is a catchment area where 75% or more of the children attend a grammar school.
    Parts 3(c) and 3(d) reflect the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, which allowed votes to convert a Grammar School into a Comprehensive but not the other way around.
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    An exam board for all grammar school tests? If you're gonna do that why not replace SATS at the end of KS2 and replace them with this test and use these results to tell you to go to grammar or non-grammar school:erm:
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    Now this could be very divisive.
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    Aye from me!
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    Not sure, I'll be monitoring this thread.
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    Just encase it wasn't clear I'll abstain unless the change I suggested is made. I'm not a fan of the grammar school system but I wouldn't mind this and it would bring our education system closer to that of Europe (mainly Germany) and I would love to see a ukip bill calling for closer European intergration.
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    I agree with Aph, however there is another condition I would add. In my experience grammar schools are shockingly bad at dealing with disabled students. This should be fixed.

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    An emphatic aye, with the exception of these binding votes on turning comprehensives into grammars - let's not forget that we can't just have grammar schools and some education planning will be required here rather than just letting random schools convert.
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    (Original post by Andy98)
    I agree with Aph, however there is another condition I would add. In my experience grammar schools are shockingly bad at dealing with disabled students. This should be fixed.

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    I attend a grammar school and you're absolutely right on this.
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    There's one small thing I disagree with, but apart from that... Aye?

    (The one thing is the date that the bill will be introduced. Give it till at least 2020- after all, we need to plan this throughly, which would take several years. Plus, the schools would need to provide provision for disabled students.)
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    (Original post by CescaD96)
    I attend a grammar school and you're absolutely right on this.
    I know - that's why I never went to one.

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    (Original post by Andy98)
    I know - that's why I never went to one.

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    I honestly think my school got into trouble for it...only in the last 2 years have they started accepting disabled kids. It's lousy. Provisions must be put into the bill so that all the required schools are inspected to ensure that disabled students have easy access.
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    (Original post by Andy98)
    I agree with Aph, however there is another condition I would add. In my experience grammar schools are shockingly bad at dealing with disabled students. This should be fixed.
    Are you referring to physical disabilities or that they don't offer a fair opportunity to students with learning disabilities?
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    (Original post by CescaD96)
    I honestly think my school got into trouble for it...only in the last 2 years have they started accepting disabled kids. It's lousy. Provisions must be put into the bill so that all the required schools are inspected to ensure that disabled students have easy access.
    Indeed. When I looked round their attitude was "we'll cross that bridge if we get there", I failed the test because I couldn't physically write.

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    Also a disproportionate amount of grammer schools are single sex
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    (Original post by O133)
    Are you referring to physical disabilities or that they don't offer a fair opportunity to students with learning disabilities?
    Both.

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    (Original post by Aph)
    Also a disproportionate amount of grammer schools are single sex
    I released a bill on this last term which didn't end up going to vote - I may have another stab at this this term.

    (Original post by Andy98)
    Both.
    If it's the buildings being inaccessible for wheelchairs etc. then that's possibly a function of the fact that new grammar schools are banned and so they are more likely to be older buildings. Regarding actually sitting the test, I presume with the intention to set up a national exam board (rather than incompetent local councils writing the papers) will come similar access arrangements to those for existing external exams.
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    (Original post by O133)
    I released a bill on this last term which didn't end up going to vote - I may have another stab at this this term.



    If it's the buildings being inaccessible for wheelchairs etc. then that's possibly a function of the fact that new grammar schools are banned and so they are more likely to be older buildings. Regarding actually sitting the test, I presume with the intention to set up a national exam board (rather than incompetent local councils writing the papers) will come similar access arrangements to those for existing external exams.
    I can understand the fact they're old buildings but logic says that they'd update the building at least.

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