When the government announced its new voucher system, some were sceptical.
But now many are applauding.
The National Audit Office said the scheme was “very good value for money”.
“We’re pleased to see that more than half of voucher holders are able to access and afford the private school system that’s right for them, while ensuring that there are better value-for-money choices in the public sector.”
The National Association of School Principals said the new system had “a wide range of benefits” for students, including a “further reduction in private school fees, a reduction in the number of pupils needing to be in temporary accommodation, and better access to quality primary and secondary education”.
The Association also found the scheme could be a good “bridge” between the UK’s “disproportionately poor” public school system and private schools.
“We know that children in disadvantaged areas of the country often lack access to private schools and are not receiving the quality education that they need,” said the association’s head of education, David Tuck.
As a result, the association says “there is a significant need to further improve the quality of private education in the UK”.
“The National School Boards Association has also been in favour of the system for a long time,” the association added.
The Government said it was “pleased to see more parents willing to pay more for their children’s private school education” and that the “voucher programme is a great way to ensure that private schools have access to more of their funding”.
But critics are also hopeful that the new scheme will help improve the UK education system and bring more families in.
David Davis, chief executive of the National Association for School Princips, said he hoped the scheme would make the UK “more affordable and more inclusive”.
“With private school vouchers, parents can now choose to go to a good private school and get a better quality education for their child,” he said.
In contrast, David Cameron has been criticised for failing to introduce universal free school meals and not supporting academies.
More to come.
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