Introduce boarding in rough inner-city schools to ‘civilise’ them, says Sir Anthony Seldon

The Telegraph is reporting that Sir Anthony Weldon has suggested all state secondary schools should allow pupils to stay overnight because of its “civilising” influence…

…Mr Seldon said the introduction of boarding in rough state schools would make pupils from troubled backgrounds feel more “part of the community” in a “homely place”.

He said the financing would have to come from the state to fund an expansion of these state boarding schools, of which there are only 38 in England compared to around 470 private boarding schools…

Speaking on the side lines of the Boarding Schools Association conference in Victoria, Mr Seldon said: “I’d like to see every secondary school – there are 3,000 in England and Wales – and I’d like to see all of them have a boarding element of 10 per cent of the school, at least…

He added: ‘There are so many benefits, including parents not having to be involved with taking them back and forwards, in giving the young people much greater opportunities for sport and the arts and leadership and all kinds of challenges and activities. I think it prepares them very well for going off to higher education…’

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The headline is inflammatory and the idea unaffordable; smacks of Seldon missing media coverage in recent weeks

  2. BarkerLeadershp

    SchoolsImprove Anthony Seldon has wide experience of working with such youngsters, does he???

  3. Is there no end to Seldon’s patronising and ill-informed comments about ‘rough’ state schools?  There are 3,000 state secondaries, he goes on to say, and they could offer boarding for 10% of their pupils.  This implies that all state secondaries are ‘rough’.  And it would be so ‘advantageous’, he bleats, because parents wouldn’t have to ferry children backwards and forwards.

    What?  Has he not heard of school buses?  Or that secondary age children are capable of getting themselves to school on foot or by bike?

  4. Seldon’s attitude is typical of a worrying development – that the state, by offering longer hours, shorter holidays, is better than parents in bringing up children.

    For some children, such as those with parents who work away from home and have no extended family to help, boarding might be essential.  But no boarding school, however wonderful its facilities and caring its staff, can compensate for being in a loving family.

  5. EllaFurnea

    I would like someone to investigate Seldon’s past. Has he been in a posh private boarding schools?
    We need to take advice from people who know what they are talking about, not privileged so and so who have no understanding, insight  and empathy. 
    It may suit some people, but almost sounds like putting certain youth in care. 
    I think if we offered these young people more support, they could easily live at home. 
    Maybe offer them free organised club-activities, mainly sporty ones as it helps overall health, behaviour and state of mind. 
    I would also organise after school opportunities for these children and others who want to take part, of doing extra curriculum work within the school grounds. This could be done on a basis or referrals from subject teachers who  know them and their weak spots.
    Also they could work on Life Skills, learn to be independent and employable; do work experience programmes.
    There is so much more we could do before we put them in a boarding place. 
    As a public figure, I would never suggest such a thing, especially with the emerging scandals of child abuse in boarding schools and targeting children who don’t live at home.
    Unless the child is abused/neglected at home, and nothing else helps, the best place to be is with her/his parents.

  6. HamdonEducation

    SchoolsImprove Yes, the head of an expensive private school knows so much about the inner cities, doesn’t he?

  7. HamdonEducation

    SchoolsImprove As we know, there is no bullying or rowdy behaviour in private boarding schools.

  8. HamdonEducation

    SchoolsImprove As we know, there is no bullying or rowdy behaviour in private boarding schools.

  9. HamdonEducation

    SchoolsImprove As we know, there is no bullying or rowdy behaviour in private boarding schools.

  10. Davis77Alex

    SchoolsImprove There are so many benefits, including parents not having to be involved…this feels like kidnapping their kids!!

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