The Guardian cites the Sutton Trust’s Elitist Britain 2019 research in an article on private schools.
The United Kingdom is a few months away from crashing out of the European Union, the main opposition party is engaged in political fratricide and the country faces the highest risk of recession since 2007. Yet 160,000 Conservative party members will land us, almost certainly, with yet another Etonian prime minister, the 20th in our history. Whether the UK ends up being led by Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, one thing is certain: the winner will be the private school sector.
For all the populist triumphs, the elite are blossoming in this anti-elitist era. Only 7% of the general population have a private education lavished upon them. Yet last month a survey by the Sutton Trust revealed that the upper echelons of power were five times more likely to be populated by the privately educated than by those who went to state schools. It is not just the professions. Even the England cricket team is shown increasingly to be the preserve of those who went to private schools.
Access to such an education is available to wealthy households, and only those with incomes above £120,000 send children in appreciable numbers to private schools. This walling-off of one section of society from another is damaging. The disparity in funding also creates unequal opportunities.