Not Gove himself but another battle plan from the leader of the DfE stormtroopersSend children from problem families to boarding school to combat 'anti-learning culture', says Ofsted chief
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I think there is a lot to be said for filling the likes of Eton, Harrow, Rugby etc with children from problem families, not least the bumper crop of sad-faces that will turn up in the Telegraph and Times when the upper crust reveal that when they are paying for an 'exclusive boarding school education' the emphasis is firmly on the 'exclusive'. The fact that they can pay to have their children spend large amounts of time somewhere else is also attractive, the 'education' part is a nice bonus.
Whilst I'm sure some kids from dysfunctional families would benefit from spending time at a boarding school I do wonder if some of the teachers at Eton and Harrow would have the skills and experience to deal with kids from problem families. As far as I'm aware there is no requirement for teachers working in public schools to actually have any formal teaching qualifications, it's very easy to coast if you work in a school where pupils are fairly bright who don't have behavioural problems but there really is nowhere to hide when faced with a bunch of pupils with challenging behaviour.
I'm sure I've read somewhere that the next series of school drama Waterloo Road will see children taken from a run-down part of Rochdale to be educated in a privately funded boarding school in Scotland. Surely those lefty scriptwriters at the BBC have not been stealing their plot ideas from loony right wing think tanks!