Private education is booming in new markets and new forms
15th April 2019
The Economist looks into the current trends in Independent Education…
Housed in a jumble of ancient buildings in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, Westminster School has been educating boys since it was founded in 1560 by Queen Elizabeth I to provide lessons for 40 poor scholars. It has evolved since then—its 750 pupils now include some girls, and with fees of £39,252 a year for boarders and £27,174 for day pupils, poor scholars are thin on the ground—but for nearly half a millennium, these historical premises defined its geographical limits.
That is about to change. A ground-breaking ceremony on April 9th marked the start of the construction of Westminster Chengdu, the first stage in a venture with a local partner, Hong Kong Melodious Education Technology Group. The school is due to open in September 2020 and will have 2,500 pupils from the ages of 3 to 18. It will be followed by a further five establishments of a similar size in other Chinese cities over the next ten years, by the end of which Westminster will be educating 20 times as many children in China as in the heart of London.
Children in care could be sent to boarding school under a new government pilot scheme
The plan would see youngsters from the ages of 11-18 in Warwickshire placed at schools instead of with foster families or in residential care.
It is part of a wider national plan which aims to improve outcomes for young people and reduce the reliance on local authority care.
A number of state and independent boarding schools across the country have signed up to the initiative, Coventry Live reports.
The number of children in care is rising in Warwickshire and the scheme aims to open up additional options for vulnerable kids.
Warwickshire County Council has joined forces with the Department for Education in developing the Boarding School Partnership.