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State Vs Private education. What’s the difference?

Myth busters

There’s a lot of myths around private and state school that the media loves to portray. Not every student who attends a private school is born with a silver spoon in their mouths and have the royals on speed dial. In fact, a large proportion of private schools offer gifted students scholarships, for either academic or athletic achievements. On the other hand, the idea that state schools are where all hope is lost and grade boundaries come hurtling down is completely fabricated. A huge 55.7% of students who attend Oxbridge received a state education.

Class sizes

We’re all aware that the current population is growing at an alarming rate, which means the education sector is becoming increasingly stretched and class sizes are getting bigger. Research suggest that the optimum class size is around 10-15 students for the perfect teacher to student ratio. This ideal number is common in private schools in comparison to state schools which average 25-30 per class. Smaller class sizes in schools allow teachers to focus more time into each student’s individual needs which will help them develop quicker.


The saying goes “money makes the world go round” and the education system can’t escape from the figures. Due to recent cuts to the education budget, schools have less money to spend on supplies and resources which has resulted in more and more teachers buying supplies out of pocket. With private schools charging tuition for each student, parents fund what many regard as better resources, better facilities & student to teacher ratios. Time is money, and, in this instance, money is learning! 
Worryingly 35% of schools had to reassess their curriculum due to lack of funding & staffing. 

Activities & Clubs

Whether it’s a sport, drama or after school activity, students need to be engaged! Private schools offer a larger outlet for extracurricular activities- variety of clubs are offered through thousands of public schools due to the size and demand of certain clubs and activities. Public schools have a hard time equalling the number of extracurricular activities offered by private schools, however passionate teachers with determination have the ability to equal the quality & the funding. 

So, what’s the difference?

Is there a massive difference between both? Not really. Education is one of personal preference and unfortunately one that will always drive a divide… Sweeping generalisation cloud the judgement of both teachers & parents. If you’re considering teaching opportunities in both private & state schools, we urge you to consider where you can have the biggest impact on students learning! 

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