Let's Pull Together On Education
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02 Dec 2014
Figures show that just three per cent of private schools sponsor an academy, while only a further five per cent loan teaching staff to state schools, and a mere third share facilities.
Private schools should step up and play their part because the time they could expect something for nothing is over.
I would like to see legislation to make Business Rates Relief payable only when private schools meet a tough new Schools Partnership Standard. This would require them to provide qualified teachers to state schools, share expertise to help state students get into top universities and run joint extra-curricular programmes.
These changes could help break down the barriers holding Britain back. If we are to make the most of the talent that exists in every school we need to give every child a chance.