Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Private Education: 5 Feb 2007: Written answers (TheyWorkForYou.com)

Private Education: 5 Feb 2007: Written answers (TheyWorkForYou.com): "Andrew Rosindell (Romford, Conservative) | Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school students in England are being educated outside the state education system.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight (Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills) | Hansard source

The number and percentage of pupils attending independent schools are given in the table.

A primary/secondary indicator is not collected from independent schools, so a breakdown by age group has been provided.
Independent schools( 1) : Number and percentage of pupils( 2) as at January 2006—England
Number (headcount) of pupils
Pupils aged( 3) All schools Independent schools Percentage of pupils in independent schools( 4)

Under 5 905,940 64,040 7.1
5 to 10 3,618,470 200,440 5.5
11 to 15 3,238,020 233,820 7.2
16 and over 453,230 82,210 18.1
Total 8,215,660 580,510 7.1
(1) Excludes direct grant nursery schools, city technology colleges and academies
(2) Excludes dually registered pupils.
(3) Age as at 31 August 2005.
(4) The number of pupils in independent schools expressed as a percentage of pupils across all schools.
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest"

My serious comment is again I would like to see the danish model in UK.

The local authorities should be obliged to pay 80% of the price of the school place they do not provide directly to the private school of the parents choice.

This enabled me as a "mere" taxi driver to give my daughter a private education with more emphasis on the arts in Copenhagen Denmarrk.

This would increase equality in our democracy an d freedom of choice and avoid the wealthy paying twice for their children's education.