Partnership appeal

5th February 2010 at 00:00

The headmaster of a leading independent school has called for politicians to put #163;10 million a year into helping to forging partnerships between state and private schools. Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College in Berkshire, said all political parties should include the pledge in their election manifestoes. In a speech to the Haysmacintyre annual school conference in London, he said the relative lack of links between state and private schools was "the greatest wasted opportunity in schools today". Dr Seldon's school is one of only three fee-charging schools to be lead sponsors of state-funded academies.

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