According to The Times, Sir Simon Milton – adviser to Boris Johnson and leader of the Local Government Association – believes that profit-making companies should be permitted to run schools and fire under-performing teachers. We agree.
The average school building and grounds are hugely under-used for large parts of every week and for the summer and Christmas periods. Teacher unions have predictably opposed the idea but surely there must be a way of encouraging private firms to "sweat" school buildings so long as a high proportion of the proceeds go back into the school. The proceeds could help to pay for higher pay for the best teachers – another recommendation from Sir Simon.
Michael Gove is stating that “the money we spend on education should stay within education.” This doesn’t sound like a closed door to private firms using school facilities to earn extra money and being allowed to keep some of the returns.