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Boarding benefits

MY friend Peter Lampl (TES, May 16) is unduly dismissive of the proposals that we have put to the Government for a far-reaching boarding partnership that could actually save the state money.

Whether or not children flourish in a boarding environment depends on their character, aptitude and interests. The effects of broken homes can be remedied by the fine pastoral care provided by Independent Schools Council schools. Those from inner-city backgrounds can thrive. For those who want a career in sport, the theatre, or outdoor activities a boarding education can be ideal.

The scheme, put forward by the ISC and the Boarding Schools' Association, would give children in state care access to superb facilities.

Alistair Cooke

General secretary ISC 35-37 Grosvenor Gardens London SW1

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