Issues / Should we abolish private schools? July 17th, 2019 Hot Topic Boris Johnson went to Eton, Jeremy Hunt went to Charterhouse and 43% of England’s cricket team were privately educated. Is it time to abolish private schools? Here’s more: Private schools (also known as independent schools) in the UK are fee-paying schools. They are outside of the state curriculum system and often children will have to pass an exam to get into the school. 29% of MPs have attended a private school while the UK average for private school attendance stands at around 7%. In addition, more than half of the UK's top judges, civil servants and diplomats were privately educated. A Labour campaigning group called Labour Against Private Schools is circulating a motion for the upcoming September conference which would call for Labour to change its policy on private schools to include a commitment to integrate all private schools in England into the state system in order to reduce education inequality. Those opposing the policy note that to integrate all 650,000 private school children into the state system at a cost of £5,870 per pupil would cost the state £3.7bn. The private education sector also pays an estimated £4.1bn in taxes per year. It is unclear whether the policy covers faith schools and private special needs schools. Recent Articles Work for Simple Politics! What is the Loan Charge?