Irena Barker & Charlotte Santry

Private schools ‘seeking switch to state sector’

Removal of selection ban will prompt independents to convert, say headteachers

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Theresa May’s grammar schools revolution will lead to a surge in independent schools seeking to join the state sector, headteachers are predicting.

The government’s plan to allow an expansion of academic selection and lift the cap on faith-based admissions will make all the difference to independent schools facing an increasingly uncertain future, school leaders have told TES.

They say that the current rule that says a private school switching to the state sector cannot be selective has been a “hurdle” and a cause of “anxiety” that has deterred many from applying.

But the prospect of the ban ...

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