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Potential profit sharing for our school system?

1 March 2012

A potentially divisive idea to use ‘for profit companies’ in the state education sector to raise school standards and provide additional capacity has been suggested in a report released by Policy Exchange.

Through the involvement of educationalists, the aim is to provide them with an incentive to drive progress and give them greater accountability through target specific contracts.

The public has welcomed ‘for profit companies’ in providing other public services, increasing choice and competition. A growing number of schools are already working with for profit companies especially on school improvement and SEN, yet it often goes un-noticed.

The data from other countries is limited and it remains to be seen whether further innovation will require the need for these types of organisations to be involved. Calls are now being made for a pilot system to test out the reports proposals. We will follow this with great interest.

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