The TES is reporting that Richard Cairns, headmaster of a leading independent school, is calling for a ‘full-scale’ inquiry into the state education system, which he says is ‘simply not good enough’.
Richard Cairns, headmaster of Brighton College – where places cost more than £35,000 a year – is expected to give a speech at his own conference criticising the government’s performance over state schools, and will urge the independent sector to lead the call for a full inquiry into the state system.
The speech is likely to go down very poorly among his state school peers, who are being forced to contend with the heaviest budget cuts since the 1970s, and a teacher recruitment crisis while managing a complete overhaul of the curriculum and assessment system.
In a speech on the subject of leadership, the head will highlight the importance of leading on issues “beyond our own schools”, including the “failure” of the wider state school system.
“We know that the education system in our country is simply not good enough. We know that too many young people are leaving school without even the most basic skills,” he will say. “We know that our exam system suffocates creativity and intellectual curiosity. We know that, yes, there has been excessive grade inflation….
“And, privately, we all know that independent schools are the quiet beneficiaries of every failure in the school system. But for the sake of all the nation’s children, we do need to speak out and put their interests above our own narrow self-interest.”
What do you think? Are our state schools not good enough? And it is time for a ‘full-scale’ inquiry into state education?
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