I am on the PTFA commitee for an Independent School. Independent or Private School Teachers. Parent Teachers and Friends Association.
All parents; however, rich or poor, contribute a great deal of time and money to School! I am sure that all Schools (public or private or state) do the same, but the Private School Parent has the enormous burden of compulsory fees to pay (not all can afford the fees or should, but they do for many varied reasons – half the class size being one). Independent Schools Inspectorate and Independent Schools Council. Charity Commissioners. Government, and its use, and its fascination, as some source of a ‘blind’ to justify their lack of foresight and investment in their own sector, combined with the ‘politics of envy’: not getting to the basic routes of inequality and making all our lives worse, not far better, as they reasonably should!
The body also said that the question of tax breaks needed to be put into the context of the £2bn per year that the existence of independent schools saves the state education sector. http://news.bbcco.uk/1/hi/education/7189874.stm
"There is a two-way relationship between charities and society – registered charities enjoy considerable benefits in terms of their reputation and the tax advantages that go with their status," said the Charity Commission’s chairman, Suzi Leather.
I would say that the Parents who send their children to Independent or Private Schools (Preparatory Schools and Public Schools) saving the rest of the population £2 bn in revenue are doing more than their bit’ in the first place!
I wonder what action we will be talking about at the next PTFA meeting.
I have suggested booking all our kids into State Schools…
Withdrawing our present and future enormous commitments to Charity…
Wake up: Government and Charity Commissioners. Nice jobs if you can get one, but your jobs might be the next on the list. And, especially, as how badly the economy is doing so far this year! Devaluing our fees and our teachers is not acceptable – we all are not Eton’s or Harrow’s or Wellington’s with millions of pounds in bursaries. We all know which type of school is causing ‘social exclusion’ and ours is not one of those, so please, get to the route of the problems!
Ref, William Williams Charity.