Independent grammar school: Durham the arrival of low-cost private schooling to a developed nation

Qasir Shah, Chris Holligan

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Abstract

In 2018 James Tooley, and colleagues, launched a no-frills private school – the Independent Grammar School: Durham (IGSD). This offers full-time education for £58 per week per child (2019-20), in contrast to the markedly higher cost per capita in either the state sector or in established private schools. We question IGSD’s affordability and viability. We examine Tooley’s educational vision, and his work in the provision of lowcost private schooling in Africa and India to identify IGSD’s ontology to understand what no-frills might mean, and how this could be delivered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-127
Number of pages13
JournalForum
Volume63
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • James Tooley
  • low-cost private schools
  • no-frills education

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