Nick Gibb has written the government’s response to a parliamentary committee of MPs who investigated the plans for grammar school expansion earlier this year.
In the 986 word response, the schools minister only briefly mentions selective schools and does not commit the government to any position on their future.
The investigation followed a consultation by the government last year to expand the role of selective education and overturn the ban on new grammar schools.
The consultation results have still not been released, despite civil service guidelines saying they should be published within 12 weeks. When Schools Week approached the government at the start of November it said the consultation would be released “in due course”.
For more details of today’s report see our speed-read of the recommendations.