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Victim culture

There was a strange and unjustified assumption at the root of the Assisted Places Scheme that private schools are inevitably better than state schools. Hence, a mother can write (TES, June 20) that her son was one of the "victims" of the Government which has scrapped the scheme. But it was the state primary school he had attended who got the boy to that standard of excellence in the first place.

It is the private schools, which will lose up to 40 per cent of their bright and paid-for pupils, who might well feel victimised.

Professor JOAN FREEMAN, 21 Montagu Square, London W1

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