Paying for a private sixth form education: how much difference does it make?
By Blog Editor, IOE Digital, on 6 November 2019
Francis Green and Morag Henderson.
Britain’s private schools have again entered the public eye, with increasing concern over social mobility and social justice. There have been pressures for reform from several quarters. The most extreme was a September call for their ‘abolition’ from the annual conference of Labour, Britain’s main opposition party.
But whether one’s preference is for abolition, radical reform or no reform at all, confusion continues over what private schools actually do.
The question is: does private schooling in Britain actually improve children’s academic performance, beyond what would happen if they attended state schools, once account is taken of the characteristics of the children who attend them?