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Oct 13

Private Schools Calling on Theresa May to Drop Plans to Link Charitable Status to Academy Sponsorship

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Private and independent schools in the United Kingdom say that they should not be forced to partner with public schools with what they see as “a gun to their heads”. They are now calling on  the British PM Theresa May that she drop the plans to link their charitable status to academy sponsorships,

The chairman of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference, Mike Buchanan, plans to tell the group’s annual meeting this week that the government’s threats to revoke independent schools charitable status would be counter-productive.

Mike Buchanan, the chair of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC), which represents most of Britain’s leading public schools, will tell the group’s annual meeting on Monday that the government’s threats to revoke their charitable status would be counter-productive.

“Independent and state schools cannot make our relationships work with a gun pointing at our heads,” Mr Buchanan was quoted as saying.

He added that they hope that Mrs. May may understand that.

The British PM recently launched U.K.’s latest education reforms which includes a lift of the bar on new grammar schools. However, these plans also include making the charitable status of private schools in UK reliant on sponsoring public schools and incorporate also the stripping of tax breaks for those independently operating schools that failto do so

Back in September, the PM said that independent schools needed to do more so that “children from a wider variety of backgrounds can truly benefit from excellent education can deliver”

An argument that speaks against this is that privately owned schools in UK already partnering with more than 10,000 state schools

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