School Wars: The Battle for Britain’s Education

In a passionate and beautifully written polemic, Melissa Benn argues that the much-maligned comprehensive education system offers the best model for the future of our schools. ‘Just imagine, for a moment, an NES’ she challenges. ‘A National Education Service that is held in the same affection, and trust, for all its imperfections, as the NHS once was and indeed still is, for all the assaults upon it. A service that allows the poorest family to feel confident that their child will receive a broadly similar educational start in life to their better-off peers, and one that promises to enrich and challenge all.’

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