Private schools not ‘one-trick posh ponies, full of toffs and top hats’, says ISC

The TES is reporting comments from the head of the Independent School Council that private schools are not “one-trick, very posh, ponies” that are all about “toffs and top hats”…

Launching its manifesto ahead of May’s general election, Charlotte Vere, acting general secretary of the ISC, said there needed to be an end to “old-fashioned” prejudices when it came to the fee-paying sector.

The manifesto says private schools could do more to improve social mobility by offering extra scholarships to young people with “exceptional academic and sporting talents” and special educational needs.

The ISC says more than 41,000 (8 per cent) of its pupils were in receipt of some kind of bursary, while more than 5,300 pupils paid no fees at all.

The manifesto adds that more than 10 per cent of its students were classed as SEND, while nearly 29 per cent were black and minority ethnic pupils.

The make-up of student bodies meant that private schools could no longer be viewed through old stereotypes, Ms Vere said…

In an opinion piece published on the TES website, ISC chair Barnaby Lenon said social immobility was not caused by the success of independent schools, but by the government’s policies…

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Fair comment from the ISC? Are there too many lazy and unfair stereotypes banded around about the independent sector? And could it play a greater role in helping improve social mobility if it was able to offer more scholarships? 

 

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Comments (mainly derogatory) about private schools are made by those who know very little about them

  2. Janet2

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove And comments (mainly derogatory) about state schools are made by those who know very little about them.

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