The last few months has certainly see mixed messages in the media on the state of Independent Sector. Yet has the recent pandemic offered the sector a chance to shine. A survey by Teacher Tapp reported 72% of private secondary schools were able to provide live online lessons for their pupils during lockdown. St James Schools moved quickly to offer online learning to their students and were able to replicate student timetables, ensuring students didn’t miss out on viral learning. William Wyatt Chief Operating Officer stated that the schools leadership worked effectively together to ensure that they were able to offer a robust online platform for learning. Many of the staff worked around the clock over the Easter break to ensure they were up and running for the start of term.
With small class sizes and a concern about the divide between the digital learning provision at the forefront of many parents minds. The Independent Schools Association recently reported a surge in parents of high school students looking for private school places in September. Speaking to the Observer, the Independent Schools Association said it had noticed an increased demand from 'high-aspirational, worried' parents looking to transfer their children to private schools in light of the pandemic, amid fears of further disruption to state education for the next academic year.
Increased numbers, the advanced of technology in the education sector and the need to keep smaller class sizes. How will the building and estate needed to adapted to accommodate the growing demand.
Hayley Mintern - Business Sector Director – Commercial Education