Academy prepares to charge for lessons in national curriculum
Teachers’ leaders warn: schools will use fees to select pupils from privileged backgroundsBy Naomi Lloyd | 31 January 2013
We are staring in the face the potential for pupils and parents to be selected by schools on the ability to pay
Chris Keates, general secretary, NASUWT
Plans to charge for some lessons that are part of the national curriculum have been uncovered by Exaro at an academy school in West Yorkshire.
The academy is believed to be the first to adopt a charging policy that allows it to impose fees for “activities” in core subjects such as English, maths and science. It says that it “hopes” not to make the charges, but wanted the “flexibility” to be able to do so.
The NASUWT, or the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, was “astonished” by the disclosure, warning that charging would become widespread in academies and free schools.
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