‘Committed action’ required by schools, says HMC director

Following the general election result, the executive director of HMC says independent schools should use the next few years to prove they are embracing social change

The executive director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) has responded to the general election result revealed last week.

Boris Johnson’s Conservative party secured a majority by seizing seats from the Labour party.

“Independent schools already make a fantastic contribution to education in this country, and we stand ready to build on that with a new government,” said Mike Buchanan.

The organisation said it is committed to improving the life chances of all children.

Buchanan continued: “HMC schools are committed to working with others to shape an exciting one nation education system that hugely improves the life chances of children from all backgrounds.

HMC schools are committed to working with others to shape an exciting one nation education system that hugely improves the life chances of children from all backgrounds

“This will require concerted and committed action by schools to help train teachers, share knowledge and resource, be good neighbours and learn from each other.”

He stressed the importance of independent schools using the next few years to increase their partnerships with state schools.

“We have just a few years to prove we are embracing the social change around us by increasing our collaboration with state schools, boosting fully-funded bursaries for disadvantaged and vulnerable youngsters and making fees more affordable generally,” Buchanan said.

He concluded: “We have a significant opportunity to see differently and to be seen differently. Let’s not waste such an opportunity.”


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