Our alternative

Small placardWe believe that education is best delivered when it is based on the needs of learners and educators.

Education– not for sale wants public funds invested in learners’ education, not used to line shareholders’ pockets

Small placardWe believe education is best delivered through collaboration not market competition.

The government’s strategy is being influenced by global for-profit companies, private equity companies, alongside pressure groups and think-tanks in the UK and abroad who want to expand their market aggressively to maximise shareholder profit.

Where this has happened in other countries, learners and taxpayers have lost out.

Small placardWe believe the government must stop the expansion of for-profit education

For-profit education has been a disastrous experiment in other countries, such as the US and Sweden.

The government needs to put dogma aside and look at the evidence. For-profit companies should have no place in our education system and should not be given any more funding or contracts.

Small placardWe believe that existing private providers should be far more heavily regulated

  • Any for-profit provider in receipt of taxpayers’ money must be subject to freedom of information legislation.
  • The performance history of private providers and their parent companies globally, must be made available to the public.
  • Existing for-profit providers must be subject to the same quality assurance checks as publicly-funded schools, colleges and universities.
  • The government must ensure that assets accumulated over time through public investment and subsidy are retained for the purposes of advancing the public benefit in education and cannot be disposed of, including disposing of them in part or granting an interest in them, without the approval of the regulator.
  • That any provider which sets up a for-profit subsidiary or joint venture, or which changes its corporate form should be subjected to an enhanced quality assurance review, either by the Ofsted or the QAA to offset the increased risk posed by their corporate form.