VT and Gems

10th June 2005 at 01:00
* Two new private schools companies, VT and Gems, are convinced that administration costs can be kept low if their schools are federated and administered centrally ("Private schools head switches firms", TES, May 27).

Those of us who worked in education before the introduction of local management of schools will remember that this was the function of local education authorities before our politicians decided that each school should, in effect, be its own LEA, creating an inflationary wage spiral that has pushed up education costs to record heights. The Government should learn a lesson from these firms and restore the pre-1988 budget-friendly functions of LEAs rather than encourage more and more profit-making in education.

Kenneth Fox



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, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today