May 2016 press coverage
May proved a quiet month in media terms, although strong attacks on the sector from the national media continued.
The economics editor of the Independent penned two pieces on the same day, the first in the style of news looking at fees and the second a long opinion attacking many aspects of independent schools, particularly charitable status. The Independent declined a request for ISC to reply in full, allowing space only for a letter, but the full response has been issued on our website.
A large, and relatively positive, feature on independent school affordability appeared in the Telegraph.
The end of the month saw a contemptuous opinion piece from Matthew Parris who argued that, in the pursuit to improve people’s life chances, independent schools should be dismantled. The ISC response can be seen here.
Over the last weekend in May cabinet minister, Matthew Hancock, claimed that job applicants should be asked if they went to a private school. The Telegraph published an article on this which focussed largely on an ISC blog, written by Chris Ramsey. Julie Robinson was interviewed live on LBC radio regarding the matter. The minster’s calls drew a strong reaction from Heads, who voiced their opinions in three ISC blogs.
Coverage of the 2016 Census continued to be picked up and other areas of interests were the BSA annual conference, SEND, fees and class sizes.