“This demand for the private school sector to work more closely with their state school neighbours will probably be seen as a symbolic gesture.
It allows the tone of Labour’s education policy to sound different from the government’s, when otherwise they have much in common.
The amount of money under threat, £147m per year across more than 1,250 schools, might hurt the smaller struggling private schools. Average fees are about £12,000 per year, but it is not going to trouble upmarket schools charging more than £20,000 per year.
A bigger challenge would be the loss of charitable status and the accompanying tax benefits. But a long-running attempt by…