Public school caricature

25th June 2004 at 01:00
Francis Beckett really should get out more. Before caricaturing partnership between independent and state schools ('To them that hath more shall be given", TES, June 11) as "state schools get public-school methods; public schools get state money", he should take a closer look at some of the partnerships which the Government's modestly-funded scheme has sponsored.

He could ask children from Loughborough primaries whether they thought that "public school methods" was all they got from maths master-classes run by Loughborough grammar school.

Or whether the head of West Gate community college, on Tyneside, was deluded in thinking that the partnership scheme which got talented scientists from local schools in both sectors working together was "a great opportunity for pupils to work with their peers from other schools who have similar abilities and interests in science".

Staff in both independent and maintained schools are overwhelmingly of the view that it is their pupils - and their own professional practice - that has benefited from well-thought out partnership schemes.

Richard Davison Director of communications Independent Schools Council Grosvenor Gardens House 35-37 Grosvenor Gardens London SW1

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now