A think-tank report examined the earnings premium that derived from attending independent schools and the factors that contributed to it. It also evaluated a proposed policy (the Sutton Trust's Open Access scheme) to improve access into independent schools for those from more disadvantaged backgrounds, based on academic ability.
Source: Nida Broughton, Onyinye Ezeyi, Claudia Hupkau, Nigel Keohane, and Ryan Shorthouse, Open Access: An independent evaluation, Social Market Foundation
The government began consultation on proposals to introduce new standards for the independent schools sector in England. The new standards would include: a standard on leadership and management, proposed to enable more effective action in cases where leadership needed to be improved or replaced; changes regarding the quality of education, and pupil welfare; changes to the standards on spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of pupils to help combat extremism; and technical amendments relating to the suitability of staff and proprietors. The consultation would close on 18 August 2014.
Source: Proposed New Independent School Standards, Department for Education