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An interesting piece in The Times this morning by erstwhile Historian and Master of Wellington College, Anthony Seldon. It calls for more initiative from independent schools to set up academies or otherwise build relationships with the maintained sector. However people view public schools, two things strike me as certain in the current debate. One is that the divide between independent and state schools is the main driver of inequality and diminishing social mobility in the UK today. The second is that public schools are still not doing enough to justify their tax breaks: as Seldon says, offering bursaries or needs-blind admissions is likely to be exploited by wily middle-class parents rather than benefit the talented working class kids that they’re supposed to help. So, how we proceed from here is open to debate, but I can at least applaud a Master of a top public school for highlighting the fact that his sector is not currently pulling its weight.