Following media reports of moves by Labour activists to introduce a more punitive approach to the independent sector, HMC Executive Director Mike Buchanan said: “It would be a shame for this issue to be a distraction from bigger ones facing education.
“Independent schools play a vital role in the mixed economy of the country’s education system. If they were harmed the state would end up picking up the cost - a bill of billions of pounds.
“Moreover, these excellent schools are creating life-changing free places for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and expanding daily their mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools.
“I invite politicians of any party to talk with us about how we can do even more together to extend such opportunities across the country and, in particular, to the most disadvantaged.”