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Fiona Millar: A charity or a business?

As I was making my way to the swimming pool at the crack of dawn last week, I caught this interview on the BBC's Today programme under the heading "Boss of the Week". The boss in question was Helen Fraser, CEO of the Girls' Day School Trust,  an organisation billed as having a £200million turnover each year and "billions' in assets. The ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Rebecca Hanson: "Finbar can you tell me which extreme and outrageous comments you're concerned about? I'm ATL too and I'm trying to separate the man from the myth (see the video below for a start). One things which has improved this year is that ......"

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Francis Gilbert: Would abolishing private schools improve the education of all our children?

I attended, together with the other founder members of the Local Schools Network, a fascinating talk given by Pasi Sahlberg this Thursday, in the House of Commons. Sahlberg is, as his website tells us, "Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) in Helsinki, Finland. He has global expertise in educational reforms, training teachers, coaching schools and advising policy-makers. ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Raf Feys: "View of Finnish teachers versus view of Pasi Sahlberg Oxford- Prof. Jennifer Chung ( AN INVESTIGATION OF REASONS FOR FINLAND’S SUCCESS IN PISA (University of Oxford 2008). “Many of the teachers mentioned the converse of the great strength of Finnish education (= ......"

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Helen Flynn: It’s not rocket science: a different route to social mobility….

So, the Coalition has come up with a new incentive for schools to reduce the gap between rich and poor in attainment and increase "social mobility". How about this for an alternative? Take away charitable status from private schools so that some of the brightest "poor" kids cannot be lured into the private sector with free places and enticements of being ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Tabbers: "Oops, missed my comment, which was "why?"..."

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Fiona Millar: If the impact of private schools is morally indefensible how can they be classed as charities?

On Thursday the Secretary of State made a speech in which he paid tribute to the achievements of the independent sector , applauded its  old boys and girls,  observed their dominance of the arts, media, and political establishment and rounded off  by claiming "the sheer scale, the breadth and the depth of private school dominance of our society points to ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Keith Turner: "An important public benefit the private schools give us taxpayers is they save us money. Every child at private school is one less in the state system. State school cost per pupil is roughly between five and seven thousand per year ......"

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Fiona Millar: The bar set to justify charitable status needs to be higher, not lower

  An important court case began in the High Court last week when the Independent Schools Council launched its bid to overturn guidance about what fee paying schools should do to justify charitable status. A dispute about charitable status has been simmering for several years. The 2006 Charities Act removed the presumption that all charities providing education also automatically provide public benefit. ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Michael Brown: "'Why can’t everyone who believes in comprehensive education just say that.... “The state sector would benefit from........the return to the state sector of the offspring of aspirational middle classes whose parents are refusing to support their local state schools' 'To make ......"

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