9 Jun '14

News Private and state schools not allowed to work together, says teachers' leader

Stephen Smith says independent day schools are losing the social mix they enjoyed when they were direct grant schoolsPrivate day schools that once offered an academic education to bright disadvantaged children now risk becoming "educational gated communities" because politicians are spurning their efforts to work with the state sector, a leading headteacher has warned.Stephen Smith, secretary of the Forum of Independent Day Schools, told the organisation's conference on Monday that the social mix that was "cherished" by its members was fast disappearing amid rising fees and government resistance to a fundamentally new role for independent schools. Continue reading...

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