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Private Education: Fees and Charges

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his latest estimate is of the level of inflation in private sector school fees; and if he will make a statement; (154617)

(2) what benchmarking analysis he has conducted of the average level of annual fees for schools in the private sector in England, broken down by (a) (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools and (b) (i) boarding and (ii) non-boarding schools in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement.

As part of the annual school census of independent schools my Department collects information related to the lowest and highest annual fee charged per pupil. We do not project inflation increases in school fees, nor have we undertaken any analysis of the historic level of independent school fees. These fees are a matter for individual schools and are just one of the factors parents consider when looking at which schools meet their particular circumstances.