Eva Simpson on the shocking new exam statistics surrounding the gap between those educated privately and those in state schools, and why we need to do something sooner rather than later
It was all so depressingly predictable.
Tuesday’s A-level results showed that children who went to private schools smashed the exams compared to state school pupils.
But even I was stunned at just how successful, despite the impact of the pandemic, this cohort was.
Figures from the exam regulator Ofqual revealed that a staggering 70% of A-level pupils in independent schools achieved a grade A or above.
In the state sector, the figure was just 39%.
Kids in private schools aren’t brighter than state school children, but this year, more than any other, the dice was even more firmly loaded in their favour.
Covid-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to education. But friends I spoke to, whose children are privately educated, told me…