Grammar schools in England will receive £50m to create new places - and a route has been opened to create new faith schools, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced.
But the government has ditched its original plans to make it easier for religious groups to open free schools.
Instead local authorities will have funds to open new faith schools.
Mr Hinds said the plans would "give parents greater choice", but union leaders have criticised the decision.
Kevin Courtney, leader of the National Education Union, said: "The grammar…