The Grumpy Teacher

A little exchange on Twitter (with David Didau (@DavidDidau) and Graham Hartland (@ramtopsgrum), since you ask) has prompted me to blog this, because it’s a little too long for Twitter.

I’ve taught in four independent schools, the cheapest of which charges £18000 per annum and the most expensive of which now charges £40,000 per annum. This is a great deal of money, far more than is spent on pupils in state schools.

Now much of this is spent on unnecessary fripperies. You should see some of the cricket pitches boys at these schools get to play on. Go to your local posh school’s website and you’ll see the facilities: they’re quite remarkable. But they’re not necessary for a good education. Indeed, some might say that learning to deal with difficult pitches is better for young batsmen.

As an avid reader of the Spectator (as I’m sure all my readers are)…

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