More teaching jobs could be made available at grammar schools, if the government decides to follow the advice of the head of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
David Frost, outgoing director of the organisation, called for an expansion of the selective education sector in order to address the current skills gap and what he believes is a widespread "education failure".
Mr Frost was speaking at the BCC annual conference and claimed that businesses have been forced to spend billions on remedial education due to the poor standard of educational attainment among school leavers.
“If we really want to focus on social mobility rather than just internships why not re-introduce grammar schools,” he said.
“They provided the escape route for bright working class children. I appear to be a lone voice on this subject, and find little support."
Mr Frost also levelled criticism at the former government, claiming that billions of extra pounds in funding had done little to improve the quality of student achievement levels.
Posted by Tim Colman