Private Primary Schools - are they fair?

In an age where technology and education are evolving almost as fast as each other, it can often feel like clarity comes at a premium - which not all of us can afford to pay.

Primary school has definitely changed since most of us were there. My recent visit to Burlington Junior School revealed halls full of autism awareness posters and a thriving inclusion department. Teachers even had small microphones to ensure that the whole class could hear them. State schools have definitely come a long way, but so many of them are still hindered by funding.

There are around 80 private preparatory (7-11) schools in South-West London. One such, Liberty Woodland School, offers children activities such as poetry, drama, martial arts and nature walks on a regular basis - as well as shuttle busses to and from school - at the dear cost of around £5k per term.

Of course, we can't fault the school for their ethos - their website makes it clear that they want to foster creativity and independent thought in children, which is something all of us can get behind. But the question is - can all of us access it?

Around 4.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty - state schools in deprived areas struggle to make ends meet, which means kids from less fortunate families can receive a low quality of education. This makes it harder for them to access higher education, and in turn, certain high-paying jobs. Thus the cycle of poverty continues.

As the Conservatives continue to slash funding for vital services, we have to consider whether it is morally right to allow a divide between the rich and the poor to continue. The economy is becoming increasingly complicated - do our children deserve to be caught in the crossfire?

 

- Leila Cocking, Young Reporter