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Should we ban private schools?

Should we ban private schools?

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To their critics, private schools are the engines of inequality which privilege 7% of UK children at the expense of everyone else. To their supporters, private schools prepare children for the top jobs in politics, law, media and business. Private education is also a booming sector: fee paying schools contribute around £13bn to the UK GDP. 

Solutions for reform begin with the removal of charitable status and stripping tax benefits, and end with full integration into the state system. Could the state system cope with an extra 600,000 students? How much would it cost the taxpayer?

Is elitism really that bad when it comes to education, or should parents be allowed to invest in their children’s future – even if the results aren’t guaranteed? In the era of diversity and inclusion awareness, does the old public school tie still count for much?

editor and invited experts

Liz Moseley

Fiona Millar
Journalist and Education Campaigner

Lisa Kerr
Principal, Gordonstoun School