The Department for Education (DfE) recently launched a consultation on proposals to ensure the education system works for everyone, not just the privileged few. The consultation emphasises that increasing access to good school places increases the opportunities afforded to children in later life.
The DfE addressed four main areas in their consultation:
Given that fee-paying schools benefit from charitable status, the DfE proposes that independent schools:
The DfE proposes that in return for charging higher fees, universities should:
The DfE wants to relax restrictions on selective schools, whilst ensuring they take a proportion of pupils from lower income households and support underperforming non-selective academies. The DfE proposes:
The DfE recognises that most faith schools perform better than mainstream schools. As such, the DfE proposes:
For more information, please see the DfE’s consultation document.
The consultation closes on 12 December 2016.