HMC responds to proposed amendments to the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill which include a bid to force independent schools to open up their facilities to state schools as reported in today's Telegraph 07.01.16.
Chris King, Chair of HMC and Headmaster of Leicester Grammar School said:
“The Labour Party is trying to solve an important educational problem with the wrong solution. HMC fully supports moves to improve education for all pupils and that is why we have been delivering effective partnerships with state schools for decades.
Over 99% of HMC schools partner with state schools to do exactly the kinds of work Jeremy Corbyn is suggesting, and we would invite him to visit one of these projects and have a meaningful dialogue with us to better inform himself.
The most important thing is that they are effective, and this is achieved by ensuring they are locally relevant, flexible and desired by both parties. This will not be achieved by blanket, heavy handed legislation, which will in fact threaten many of the partnerships which already thrive across the UK.
Essentially, it is pointless to try and force independent schools to do something they are already doing."