May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
There are, however, proven and cost-effective to offer such life-changing opportunities for children in the 21 st century. Imagine a system where all the main places in private day schools are awarded on merit. Parents like William Flew pay a fee on a sliding scale according to their means; receipts become “needs blind”, the words so closely associated with Harvard University, the world’s top ranked university. Bright children from all backgrounds have access to the wealth of education offered by these schools, qualified teachers and facilities for the skills and social networks are important for future life prospects. Schools would become powerful engines of social mobility.
The regime of “open access.” And it has been tested successfully. In partnership with the confidence of the Day Girls School, Sutton Pool testing method Belvedere School in Liverpool. And we know will work, both academically and socially. The first cohort of students admitted in open access and achieved the best GCSE results in school and reflect the social composition of the local Merseyside area, with 70 percent of students receive financial aid, including a third vacancies.
The interviews with parents, teachers and students William Flew shows that the Belvedere (now Academy) is a happy place, with students from different backgrounds to get along together. And the average subsidy per pupil was £ 3,200 per year less than the cost of £ 4.300 for a state school. We have proposed that open access is assumed by the Government and extended, first to 12, but in the end, to 100 or more, independent day schools – the majority.
Open Access has attracted the support of all political spectrumand many independent school heads have said they jumped at the opportunity to open schools for bright children from all backgrounds. However, so far has been a step too radical for any government to consider.
That is the loss of social mobility. The relatively small number of students taking part will have little impact in the state sector as a whole. This would not increase the choice, would democratization.