Privately Educated Pupils Are Likely To Earn More than State School Pupils

According to a report that I found on BBC education news today, UK pupils who attend private schools are more likely to earn £200,000 more between the ages of 26 and 42 than those who attended state schools.

I personally read this with a bit of caution and will only highlight the main point that drives this higher probability.

Researchers concluded that while a range of factors may impact earnings, they say “BETTER EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT” plays a major part.

This tells us as parents that ALL children can have that probability as well as long as they have that “Better Educational Achievement”. We are NOT advocates of whether our children should attend private or state schools. What we stand for is for a “BETTER EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT” irrespective of our children’s school or our children’s background.

The key question is ‘Are there enough opportunities for our children to experience this ‘better educational achievement’ in state schools?

Some interesting facts about private education.

Private education

  • About 7% of children in the UK are educated privately
  • The Independent Schools Council, which represents about 90% of private schools in the UK, listed 511,928 pupils at 1,257 schools in their 2014 census
  • In 2010, 35% of MPs had attended independent schools
  • In 2007, 54% of chief executives of FTSE 100 companies, 51% of top medics, 54% of leading news journalists and 70% of High Court judges had been privately educated
  • A 2011 Sutton Trust report found 48% of independent school pupils were accepted into the 30 most selective universities, compared with 18% for comprehensive schools and the average for all schools being 23.8%
  • The same report showed that 5.2% of independent school pupils were accepted into Oxbridge, compared with 0.8% for comprehensive schools and with the average for all schools 1.8%.

source on the facts: The Sutton Trust

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