The Guardian is reporting that Sir Michael WIlshaw has called for independent schools to lose their charitable status unless they volunteer to run state academies.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, said: “I get quite angry when I hear independent school heads saying ‘inequality is getting worse, we’ve got to do something’ and wringing their hands. Well, we know that. So get stuck in and sponsor an academy.”
Speaking at a conference on social mobility on Wednesday, Wilshaw added: “I think they should lose their tax subsidies and the reliefs they get from the Charity Commission unless they sponsor an academy and show that they really mean what they say.”
Asked about the partnerships and scholarships that private schools currently offer, Wilshaw derided them as a sop. He said: “It’s a way of meeting the demands of the Charity Commission and not much else.”
“I say this, really, in a sense of moral outrage, that they are opening up all these independent schools in Dubai and the Middle East and elsewhere – sucking in more of our teachers, who aren’t going to Derby or Northampton or Grimsby or Hull, but going off to an independent school sponsored by the big public schools over here.
“It’s a sense of moral outrage that they not doing enough for our own poor children.”
…But Wilshaw’s comments were rejected as “utter nonsense” by John Claughton, headteacher of King Edward’s school, Birmingham, who was present at the conference…
Strong words from Sir Michael but is he fair in his criticism of the independent scetor?
And what do you think of the suggestion that they should lose their charitable status if they do not sponsor a state academy?
Would it, ultimately, help reduce social mobility?
Please let us know why/why not in the comments or via Twitter…
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