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INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS GO HAND IN HAND WITH THE STATE

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The Independent (tabloid p10) carries a feature on the divide between private and state schools, and the debacle ov...
The Independent (tabloid p10) carries a feature on the divide between private and state schools, and the debacle over assisted places. The government has made it clear that once the Bill abolishing assisted places is passed, a new era of partnership will begin. An example given is Manchester Grammar School. The school's high master Martin Stephen had a private meeting last month with minister for school standards Stephen Byers to discuss setting up a pilot scheme with government-maintained schools.

Byers is particularly interested in looking at schemes for partnership between the maintained and independent sectors, especially those that will help raise standards in LEA schools. The Independent reports that many independent schools already share their sports facilities with local communities and maintained schools for a nominal sum, or free, and suggests the trend will continue.
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