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Our government has helped state schools challenge the private sector

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This week a report from the Sutton Trust crossed my desk. Alarmingly, it told me that 65 per cent of serving judges are privately educated, along with 44 per cent of newspaper columnists. I’m concerned that many parents will read this as a reason to start saving up for the fees to pay for private school – but I’m here to tell them they should save their money.

When many of us were young the glaring disparities in our education system meant that parents were often faced with some stark choices: scrape together the money for fees or else accept that the state alternative might not be as good.

But times have changed. I read recently about prep schools facing a “slow and gentle goodnight” because state primaries are now so good, with 87 per cent of them rated good or outstanding.

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To paraphrase Mark Twain, I think reports of the death of private education are probably exaggerations – but the truth is that the gap between the two sectors has never been smaller. More and more parents are beginning to wonder whether sending their children to........

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