Give state schools freedom to charge fees

Our schools are underfunded and the public sector cuts are going to make things worse. The rules stopping them charging fees are unnecessary and hold down the aspirations of millions of families to give their children the best start in life.

If schools were allowed to charge means tested, top-up fees in the same way as universities, capped at (for example) £3,000, with financial assistance for those who cannot afford them, this would be a huge boost to their funding and greatly improve the quality of school education in Britain.

Why is this idea important?

Our schools are underfunded and the public sector cuts are going to make things worse. The rules stopping them charging fees are unnecessary and hold down the aspirations of millions of families to give their children the best start in life.

If schools were allowed to charge means tested, top-up fees in the same way as universities, capped at (for example) £3,000, with financial assistance for those who cannot afford them, this would be a huge boost to their funding and greatly improve the quality of school education in Britain.