Labour’s plans for private schools are ‘vote loser’, head warns

Labour’s attack on private education is a “vote loser” with the public keen for fee-paying schools to open, not close, according to a leading headmistress. ITV reports.

Fiona Boulton, chairwoman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) accused “political activists” who want private schools to pay more tax of failing to understand the “common sense” of the British people.

Her comments come as polling of UK adults, commissioned by HMC, suggested that many are in favour of allowing parents to pay for schooling.

Around two thirds (68%) of those questioned agreed that parents should be able to choose to pay for their child’s education, if they can afford it.

Mrs Boulton says private schools have proposed to offer 10,000 free places to lower-income pupils each year, based on a joint-funding model, which would mean that the Government would contribute the same amount of funding as it costs to send a child to a state school, with the private school paying the rest.

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