from The Times Educational Supplement, 18th September 2009
Coverage in the TES of the mtmconsulting Independent Education Sector Report 2010 and its implications on independent school business strategies and the future for schools and colleges.
The article highlights mtmconsulting’s assertion that, should The Conservatives win at the next general election and implement their plans to create 220,000 “new places in state-funded Swedish-style free schools”, their will be substantial changes in the sector.
The article goes on to reiterate mtm’s suggestion that the independent education sector is becoming increasingly polarised into premier ‘household name’ schools and niche schools catering for specific markets such as special needs or girls-only.
The author of the mtmconsulting Independent Education Sector Report 2010, Gavin Humphries, is quoted as saying “If the Government introduced ‘free schools’ it would free up the planning process that has been the biggest barrier to opening up no-frills private schools.
At the moment there are only 100 private schools charging under £6,000 a year. But if someone could nail the low-budget area of the independent school market, they could have it made… For some parents it’s not about the playing field or latest theatre facility – they want discipline and great teaching… Some schoolsare closing and will continue to close if they don’t address the affordability issue.”