Labour's education spokesperson, Coun. Stuart Barnes said the moves would lead to increased rather than reduced inequality. He said:
"We don't believe it will increase social mobility, in fact quite the opposite. The facts show existing grammar schools are selecting very low numbers of pupils from poorer families compared to other schools, and that can only entrench inequality.
"We are seeing people across the board, from the Chief Inspector of Schools to the Conservative Chair of the Education Select Committee to academics, trade unions and charities all saying this won't improve attainment and is a distraction from the central challenges faced in education”, added Coun. Barnes.
"The idea of all schools becoming selective rips apart the comprehensive system of education as we know it and signals an extremely worrying direction for a Conservative Government that increasingly seems intent on favouring the haves over the have nots.”