The Government has issued a consultation regarding the development of the education system. Although the main focus has been on plans for grammar schools in the state sector, there is also a section regarding independent schools, charitable status and the future relationship.
FIDS has worked hard on a response : the summary of our points is listed below, and you will be able to download our dull response shortly
- We support the intentions of the Green Paper, but believe the proposed methods are too blunt
- We would like the Government to support working with the independent sector to encourage social mobility.
- Partnerships need to be encouraged, expanded and ‘pump-primed’ to enable them to achieve even more
- State schools need to be brought more effectively into the Partnership arrangements, and given the finance to help these be more balanced
- Government needs to take an active part in brokering arrangements between independent schools and MATS to enable a permanent structure of shared expertise and mutual support
- We already commit to widening access as much as our finance and charitable objectives allow, but, as a quid pro quo, the Government must look seriously at jointly-funded schemes to enable us to carry out our social mobility mission more effectively.
- There is no need to benchmark contributions: the Charity Commission can effectively monitor within the present general and specific provisions.
- We are happy to engage with any further work involved in taking further our proposals.
We, as independent day schools, support the concept of effective partnership between the independent sector and the maintained sector, and would like to be part of the solution to the country’s educational issues rather than being seen as the problem. To this end FIDS schools would be pleased to seek involvement in a dialogue to set the parameters of any new requirements.