The BBC is reporting that Independent schools cannot deliver effective help to state schools in England with “a gun pointing at our heads”, a leading headmaster will say.
The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) represents 282 of the UK’s top independent schools. As part of its proposals for secondary schools in England, the government has said independent schools will only be able to maintain their charitable status and tax breaks if they set up or sponsor a local state school.
Smaller private schools will be expected to send teachers to take lessons in state schools and the independent sector must offer more scholarships and bursaries to pupils who cannot afford fees.
Speaking at the HMC’s annual conference in Stratford-upon-Avon, Mr Mike Buchanan, headmaster at Ashford School in Kent, will say: “Independent and state schools cannot make our relationships work with a gun pointing at our heads.
“We hope the prime minister understands that – after all, she had the good sense to outlaw forced marriages as home secretary.
“She must know, then, that all good partnerships are based on mutual desire, understanding, respect and co-operation. They work best when the parties have a good deal in common.”
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