Wonkhe: Compulsory schools sponsorship must not distract from effective widening access efforts

Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell writes for Wonkhe about the government’s proposals in its Green Paper Schools that work for Everyone for universities to sponsor schools.

Now that the consultation has closed, she is calling for policy makers to give serious consideration to what universities could and should do to improve schools.

“The government has proposed that all universities should either sponsor existing schools or set up new schools in exchange for the ability to fees over £6,000. This thinking takes universities’ concerns far beyond widening access, which most universities accept they should support, and instead into supporting free schools, which is not their responsibility,” Maddalaine writes.

She adds: “Nevertheless, there are several problems with assuming that because some universities do sponsorship well, it is the right approach across the board. The first is that not all universities have the necessary expertise.”

Read Maddalaine’s article in full here.

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