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Private vs Public School: What’s the Difference?

We’ll start with the pretence that ‘private school is better’. This isn’t necessarily the truth; neither private school nor public school is better. Each has its own merits (and disadvantages) and should be weighed up just as you would when deciding what restaurant to go to: some have nicer food but terrible dining areas whereas others have the utmost best service, but perhaps the meals aren’t as great. At the end of the day, every child is unique and different schools will suit different children, so it’s up to you to decide what the important factors are.

The biggest difference between them is the obvious one. One is free, the other is not. That, for many parents, will be the main deciding factor on where to send their child; some think that if you can afford it, then you should send your child to the ‘better’ school. But that’s not the only difference between the two. Now, if you are wanting to send your child to a private school, money doesn’t even have to be an issue; there are quite often bursaries, scholarships and funding available to assist parents seeking a different education. However, you must consider the expensive upkeep from peer pressure: Does your child have the latest phone? Where are you going on holiday? Is that a Primark jacket? Oof. It’s a lot to think about.

The other major difference that should be considered comes in the form of the National Curriculum. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with what this is, it’s “a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things”. Private schools are far less regulated when it comes to the National Curriculum, therefore they have much more freedom in the subjects and topics that are taught within their own, individual institutions. This means different languages, maths skills and more amongst the other areas of subjects and topics. Of course, if you’re content with the education that can be received from a public/free school, then there aren’t loads of reasons to send your child to private education. Instead, that money could be used to enhance their current learning through tutors, much like our company.

So why do parents go private?

Well, the main reason a parent may want to go private is the overwhelming evidence that suggests it will benefit your child later on in their academic life. 7% of the population are privately educated. Now, this seems like quite a small number but it, unfortunately, does not get translated through to higher education. A whopping 52% of Cambridge students have a private/grammar school background, with 29% attending a private institution at sixth form level, 17.6% at a secondary school level and 3.4% attending private education throughout secondary school and sixth form. On top of that, acceptance rates are generally much higher for students with any private education background, coming out at 60%.

But what does this actually mean? This evidence suggests that, by sending your child to a private school at some point in their life, this will increase the chances of them being able to attend a high-end institution at a degree level. This could be quite enticing, but remember we have to look at the other side of those statistics. 52% attended a private institution, but that means 48% didn’t.

So, what should you do?

There are more options than you think when it comes to your child’s education. Naturally, you want the best for them; we understand. If you truly want to send your child to a private school, there are ways to do so without breaking the bank. Evidence suggests that attending private education for just 1-2 years can increase the chances of a better offer at universities. This could be at a GCSE or A-Level position, meaning that money-wise, it’s much more doable. But there are other options too. Private tuition is just as effective at increasing a child’s chance of academic success in the future. For example, our tutors are excellent at providing some of the best quality education, and they make amazing mentors too, allowing them to guide your child through their academic life with success.

Still unsure?

Ultimately, it doesn’t necessarily matter what school your child goes to. If you as a parent are nurturing, flexible and ambitious (some of our core values), then your child will always be ready for success. Good values can go an immensely long way to progressing both academically and personally.

Education should be fair, and it’s your choice to make sure that equality for you and your child is achieved.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your child’s learning, get in touch! We provide personalised and high-quality education for all students, whether they’re privately, publicly or even home-schooled. Everyone is welcome!

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