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3 Jul '14

News Reality check: should private education be subsidised for poorer pupils?

It's difficult to make a case that the cost of the state subsiding private education would pay off in the futureEye-catching research on private schools has come out strongly in favour of a scheme that would lead to the state funding places at top private schools for the children of less well-off parents. It would certainly be a scheme popular with the winners if not those who miss out but do the numbers in the report really bear out the case that the Social Market Foundation is making?The organisation makes a lot of assumptions to support its case, but this is inevitable when trying to scope out costs or benefits of a hypothetical and long-term policy and, it turns out, it's not necessary to challenge them to question the study's conclusions. Even if you accept the SMF's perhaps overly optimistic assessments of the scheme, it's difficult to make a case that the cost of the state subsiding private education would pay off in the future. Continue reading...

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