Ministers are drawing up plans for the UK's first grammar schools in almost a quarter of a century, the new Education Secretary said today.

Kit Malthouse said that PM Liz Truss wanted her government to 'address the strong desire in quite a lot of parents' for more choice.

There are more than 150 grammar schools which select pupils by ability in the UK but the opening of new ones was outlawed in 1998 by Tony Blair.

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