Is Private school "generally" worth it?

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now I don't mean if its worth financially (because realistically no one who has doesn't have a spare 40k a year, would consider sending there child to private school). But I'm talking from,

- Would the teaching quality be that much better?
- would the resources/funding be a lot better?
- would the general environment be a lot more clean/beautiful than a typical school playground?

most private school kids that I have met don't seem to think private school was all that great until I tell them about the "normal" secondary school and they are in shock.
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now I don't mean if its worth financially (because realistically no one who has doesn't have a spare 40k a year, would consider sending there child to private school). But I'm talking from,

- Would the teaching quality be that much better?
- would the resources/funding be a lot better?
- would the general environment be a lot more clean/beautiful than a typical school playground?

most private school kids that I have met don't seem to think private school was all that great until I tell them about the "normal" secondary school and they are in shock.
Well if you can't afford it there are bursaries available.
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Private school is definitely worth it in my opinion. All the top unis are filled with ex private school kids - 40% of Bristol University students went to private school! That says everything!
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Well if you can't afford it there are bursaries available.
the issue is that most of those bursaries only slice the cost. its still like 9k-15k so way more than the average person could afford a year. I estimate you must be earning atleast 50k if you want to send your kid to private school
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Yes
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the issue is that most of those bursaries only slice the cost. its still like 9k-15k so way more than the average person could afford a year. I estimate you must be earning atleast 50k if you want to send your kid to private school
No - Private schools employ unqualified teachers so teaching is not better.

I've worked at one and state schools; the teaching was/is FAR better at the state schools.
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Yeah, it's not even close.

The average state school is terrible and I only realised that once I left my 'good' state school to attend a low ranking private school.
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private school definitely give people an advantage with better teaching and resources, but i think people can succeed just as well in state schools
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No - Private schools employ unqualified teachers so teaching is not better.

I've worked at one and state schools; the teaching was/is FAR better at the state schools.
why are you so pro state schools? Like I am not saying the teaching isn't good at state schools but saying that it is 'far better than private schools' might be a bit of a stretch.

I do believe there are good teachers and not so good teachers no matter where you go
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why are you so pro state schools? Like I am not saying the teaching isn't good at state schools but saying that it is 'far better than private schools' might be a bit of a stretch.

I do believe there are good teachers and not so good teachers no matter where you go
Another thing Is playing the chance game. for example, I would estimate 40/60 of state schools are bad/good where as 80/20 of private schools are good/bad.
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Another thing Is playing the chance game. for example, I would estimate 40/60 of state schools are bad/good where as 80/20 of private schools are good/bad.
exactly!! so many bad state schools out there but most private schools are pretty decent
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exactly!! so many bad state schools out there but most private schools are pretty decent
Muttley79 would disagree
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why are you so pro state schools? Like I am not saying the teaching isn't good at state schools but saying that it is 'far better than private schools' might be a bit of a stretch.

I do believe there are good teachers and not so good teachers no matter where you go
I've taught in both - I've been 'employed' by a Private school [on secondment from my current post] to improve their teachers. I've also run training in several Prvate schools. It's a fact that Private school teachers don't have to be qualified ... most of their inspections are done 'in house' by other Private schools not by Ofsted.
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even though people who go to private schools tend to have an advantage, i wouldnt say it would be worth that amount of money
i dont think private schools should exist but i guess thats another topic..
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(Original post by casabonita)
exactly!! so many bad state schools out there but most private schools are pretty decent
Nope - the one near me is so bad the students get contextual offers as A level results are poor.
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Nope - the one near me is so bad the students get contextual offers as A level results are poor.
the one near you is not every private school in the UK
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(Original post by yeye21)
the one near you is not every private school in the UK
(Original post by Muttley79)
Nope - the one near me is so bad the students get contextual offers as A level results are poor.
im actually considering westminister , is that a private school that you have any knowledge on?
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Nope - the one near me is so bad the students get contextual offers as A level results are poor.
But that's just a one off case. You don't pay X thousand pounds a year for worse teaching.

The facilities and resources are better at private schools so even if the teaching quality is the same as state schools, you will get a better education at a private school. Still not worth it financially though.
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im actually considering westminister , is that a private school that you have any knowledge on?
That's not just an ordinary private school, that's a top public school.
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the one near you is not every private school in the UK
No and it's not the only one on the list either. Why do you think a number of schools are paying my school for me to go and train their teachers?

Do you really think parents understand that they are paying for you to be taught by unqualified teachers?
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