The Times reports (p9) that Labour yesterday leaked copies of a report by Dierdre McGrath which said that government plans risked disrupting the education system and alienating parents.
'By giving schools greater freedom to select pupils one could be seen to be diminishing parents' rights to select schools. Consequently the result of this could be fewer rather than more satisfied parents,' states the report.
The Daily Telegraph reports (p1) that education secretary Gillian Shephard, in her speech to the Conservative party conference today, will seek to put discipline and standards at the heart of the general election.
The assisted places scheme will be extended to private primary schools, and Mrs Shephard will promise grammar schools which will be allowed to select up to 100% of pupils by ability.