Welsh Assembly Elections Education Debate
“Educational Revolution” – Is it time to bring grammar schools back to Wales?
On 12th April 2016 a debate on whether grammar schools should be reintroduced to Wales was held by Gorwel– Speaking ‘for ‘grammar schools was David Melding (Conservative) and speaking ‘against’ Brian Back (Labour). With Gareth Evans – the Western Mail’s Education Correspondent as the chair of the debate.
There are many educational policies being put forward by the political parties in the forthcoming Welsh Assembly elections but perhaps none are as radical as the re-introduction of grammar schools to Wales. This is a policy proposed by both the Welsh Conservatives and UKIP but opposed by the other political parties in Wales. The question then arises as to whether there is any merit or value to this proposal. In this Gorwel debate therefore both parties put forward their arguments and allowed the audience to share their own views as to which policy is right. Both speakers gave passionate arguments both for and against grammar schools. There were then equally passionate arguments from the floor. At the start of the debate their had been a vote as to who supported grammar schools and who didn’t. The vote was even sided between the audience with about a third being undecided. At the end of the debate the majority where in favour of introducing grammar schools.
Photo of four people shows Yasmin Sarwar (Head of CSFC) Gareth Evans (Western Mail) Brain Back (Labour) David Melding (Conservative)
The event was hosted and supported by Cardiff Sixth Form College
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