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With news this week that the Labour Party are proposing to make it official party policy to abolish independent schools, many independent school teachers and leaders are concerned about what this could potentially mean.

Holly Rigby, campaigner for Labour Against Private Schools, explains in the following article in Schools Week:

“We’re very clear we’re not talking about knocking private schools down or closing them down, we’re talking about integrating them, so private school teachers just become state school teachers and actually have much fairer conditions. 

We see now that private school teachers are about to go on strike over their pensions. They’re not well-protected like we are to some extent in the state sector.”

(Image below, Schools Week, 18th September 2019)


Rigby goes on to explain that she and other NEU members, “ … would propose a motion at the union’s conference next year, aimed at making it official NEU policy to support the abolition of private schools.”

How this could practically be achieved has not been outlined in detail yet.

In an article on the TES website, Dr David James, deputy head of Bryanston School an independent school in Dorset, explains that the “silence emanating from the NEU and the NASUWT is shameful.” He says:

Remember, both unions have thousands of members from independent schools who pay their fees every month. And both unions should, you would hope, seek to defend these members’ interests.

Dr James goes on to explain:

“Our main teaching unions have abandoned their members when they need them the most.”

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