More parents ‘would opt for an independent school’

In an article in the Telegraph, 10/11/12, Graeme Paton reports on figures released by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) showing that rising numbers of parents want to pull their children out of state schools to give them a private education.

The survey – carried out almost every year since the mid-80s – suggested that more parents than ever favoured private schooling.

Almost six-in-10 mothers and fathers would opt for an independent school if they could afford the fees amid concerns over standards in the state sector, it emerged.

They cited a higher standard of education, smaller class sizes, improved discipline and a “better start to life” as the main reasons for pulling their children out of the state system.

According to figures, 57 per cent of families said they would choose a private school, compared with 54 per cent last year and 51 per cent in 1997.

Only 25 per cent said actively opposed an independent education, against 26 per cent in 2011 and 41 per cent in the late 90s.

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