HC Deb 20 May 1954 vol 527 cc2278-9
29. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Education if she will take steps to increase facilities and opportunities for transfers between secondary modern and grammar schools, and all other practicable steps to assist pupils whose performances during their early years at secondary modern schools indicate that they are suited for a grammar school education.

Miss Horsbrugh

I am anxious that there should be ample opportunity for pupils to transfer from one kind of secondary school to another where it would clearly be in their interests to do so. I think that local education authorities are well aware of their responsibilities in this matter.

Mr. Gower

Whilst thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether she would also ensure that children at secondary modern schools shall have increased facilities to enable them to sit for the General Certificate of Education?

Miss Horsbrugh

Local authorities are beginning to examine whether they can supply different or extra courses in modern schools more appropriate for the children concerned.

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