If only more parents had a choice, if parents were say offered a £5,000 tax credit to spend at the school of their choice, competition would drive-up standards. In central London the state education system has collapsed. Parents are forced to either send their children to the local comprehensive to learn text messaging and stabbing or to bankrupt themselves sending their kids to private schools. It is the single greatest concern of middle class parents.
Ruth Kelly’s local schools are amongst the worst in the country, frankly Guido is surprised she risks sending any of her kids to the local school.