Together we can close the gap

12th February 2010 at 00:00

A recent editorial made some assumptions about the causes of difficulties between the state and independent educational sectors ("Forget the class warfare and the guilt"). One is that the Charity Commission "fails to rate" collaborative activities between the sectors in relation to public benefit.

Our guidance, assessments and public statements have all clarified that the reverse is true - we encourage fee-charging charities, including independent schools, to be innovative in considering how to maximise the benefits they offer to the public.

Assumptions based on a narrower characterisation of our approach are not helpful to charitable independent schools and the undoubted drive in both sectors to work together.

Andrew Hind, Chief executive, Charity Commission.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today