Activists campaigning to abolish the 11-plus exam in Trafford got a boost last week when Roy Hattersley, the former Labour Party shadow cabinet member, addressed a meeting of over 50 people. In Trafford, near Manchester, all primary school pupils still have to sit the 11-plus test. The few who 'pass' go to grammar schools while most who 'fail' go to separate high schools. Parents opposed to the divisive test can trigger a local referendum. But New Labour's legislation means they need to collect 8,000 signatures in support of a ballot.
'IT'S ALL about money,' was the response of one parent to the plans to close Wilford Meadows Secondary School in Nottingham. Around 40 parents and students attended a meeting on Monday of last week. It was called by the parent governors to discuss the Labour council's plans to close the school. Councillors got a hard time from parents angry that the only local secondary school was to be shut. A public meeting was due to be held on Tuesday of this week.