AS Britain prepares for the selection of the Old Etonian Boris Johnson as Prime Minister policy wonks from both sides of the political spectrum have re-focused their attention on the role of fee-paying schools in the educational system. Stephen Lambert, director of Education4Democracy CIC and a former senior college lecturer writes in FE News.
There’s been a sharp increase in the number of youngsters going to a private school. 7% nationally with over a third attending an independent school of one form or another in London. In terms of post-16 education a staggering 16% of young people go to a private school sixth form or sixth form college. Even in Newcastle over 12% are privately educated. In Bristol over a fifth are privately educated. Most are upper or professional middle class – partly down to tradition and fees.
For critics, most people don’t have the resources to buy a private education for their children. It’s unethical that the off-spring of the rich and influential should be afforded more advantages in education than the dispossessed. Despite the private sector catering for the upper and upper middle classes, they are treated as charities by national government with tax exemptions.
Read the full article Time to reform Britain’s fee-paying schools to end the engine of privilege
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