50% of British parents would not send their kids to private school – even if they didn’t have to pay fees

Half the nation’s parents still would not send their children to a private school even if they did not have to pay for it, according to a survey. This is from the Independent

The survey of 2,210 parents, carried out by YouGov, revealed 50 per cent would still want their child to go to a state school.

Three out of five who wanted to remain with the state sector wanted to do so because they thought it was important for their child to mix with other pupils from all walks of life. In the case of 38 per cent, it was because they themselves had been happy to go to one. A total of 37 per cent said they felt it was the duty of the Government to provide good quality education for all the nation’s children.

A breakdown of the figures showed that parents in Scotland and Wales were most likely to remain with the state sector – 62 per cent in both cases.

Least likely to send their children to state schools were parents in London – where just 35 per cent were prepared to stay with state schools despite the fact that the area recorded the biggest improvement in state school performance in the entire country.

The survey asked parents whether they would be likely to send their children to private schools if fees were removed from the equation – and 32 per cent said they would compared to just under 10 per cent who actually do so despite an average cost estimated at £15,000 a year.

Of those who would send their children to private schools if money was no object. 81 per cent said they felt private schools offered the opportunity of a better education, 54 per cent said they had better teachers and 52 per cent said they offered their pupils better networking opportunities later on in life – the “old boys’ network”. In addition, 17 per cent said they would opt for the private sector because they thought there was less chance of their child being bullied at school.

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Are you surprised by these figures? If you are a parent, would you send your child(ren) to a different school – including potentially a private school – if it was an option? What, more than anything else, would make you chose a different school? Please share in the comments or on twitter…

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  1. biscuitsarenice

    SchoolsImprove every person who failed their teaching practice in my year went on to teach in private school.

  2. WS_GA

    biscuitsarenice SchoolsImprove I can believe this, but now they will be Free to teach in Free schools and academies as well!

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Not a massive sample (about 2000) and undoubtably answers riddled with preconceptions regarding both state and private schls

  4. noreb_el

    SchoolsImprove I would if it was as a day pupil, but not boarding school. Smaller class sizes would be a big factor.

  5. Talkloads

    SchoolsImprove Yes-for the facilities. My boys would love to train in Millfield’s pool & another private school nearby has an observatory!

  6. djoddsox

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove 2000 is a fairly decent size for a poll if it is done right, but undoubtedly there will be many preconceptions

  7. Ingotian

    SchoolsImprove Sounds a bit like 90% of teachers saying they would never vote tory when the evidence is many more do 😉

  8. shredderhed

    SchoolsImprove I know many privately educated people and many of them achieved very poor grades. Money not always the answer surely?

  9. CharlotteSISRA

    SchoolsImprove a sample of 2210 is not enough to draw meaningful conclusions about the opinions of ‘parents’ in Britain.

  10. SchoolsImprove

    CharlotteSISRA It’s a standard size for an opinion survey but that doesn’t mean it is meaningful – nature of questions biggest grey area

  11. There are many reasons why this survey may be rubbish – the exact nature of the questions being the most obvious – but I disagree with @CharlotteSISRA on this occasion over sample size. A sample of 2,000 is perfectly reasonable when trying to understand a single identified target group (i.e. parents) and making the sample larger would make minimal difference to the reliability of the findings and the margin or error. 
    Anyone interested in the science of survey sizes please look at these links:
    Quickly takes off market researcher hat!

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