24 September 2019 - Labour supports abolishing private schools
Labour supports abolishing private schools in conference vote
Greg Heffer (Sky News, 22/09/2019)
Labour will campaign at the next general election with a promise to effectively abolish private schools and "redistribute" their properties to the state sector.
Party members backed the move at Labour's conference in Brighton on Sunday, which activists hailed as "a huge step forward in dismantling the privilege of a tiny, Eton-educated elite".
Could Labour really ban private schools?
Sean Coughlan (BBC News, 23/09/2019)
Could Labour really abolish private schools? That's the big question after the party's conference voted to "integrate" private schools into the state sector.
The plan would see the assets of private schools "redistributed".
Universities would have a quota imposed of admitting no more than 7% of their students from private schools, so their numbers were in keeping with their proportion in the overall school population.
Elite private schools vent outrage at Labour’s ‘incredulous’ plan to abolish them
Eleanor Busby (The Independent, 23/09/2019)
Leaders of elite private schools have vented outrage over Labour’s plan to abolish them, branding the policy “incredulous” [sic] and an “act of unprecedented vandalism”.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party voted at their conference to integrate all private schools into the state sector if they win the next election.
The pledge sparked fury and disbelief among headteachers in the independent school sector.
Head of Eton hits back at Labour plans to abolish private schools
Sally Weale and Peter Walker (The Guardian, 23/09/2019)
The headmaster of Eton College has hit back at Labour’s plans to abolish private schools, saying they make no financial sense and will not benefit children left behind by the education system.
In an interview with the Guardian, Simon Henderson, who became head of the world-famous private school four years ago, acknowledged the public mood had shifted and a battle lay ahead for the future of private education.